Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ethical use of CCTV

Written By Kushaala K (Grade 10)

The use of surveillance cameras in streets, train stations, stores, and other public places has increased dramatically in recent years. Although we are told that these cameras help fight crime, some people are against their use. They believe that everyone has a right to privacy.

Today, CCTV (Close Circuit Television) cameras are used in a variety of situations. They are used in schools, businesses and some other establishments to monitor the activities that take place there. It is undeniable that there are many benefits to using CCTV cameras, especially in reducing crime and protecting employees in a building. Yet, some argue that these cameras invade their privacy because they are constantly being monitored. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that CCTV cameras should be installed in every business to combat the ever-increasing rate of theft and protect workers in the workplace.

First, CCTV cameras in the workplace can curb crimes such as robberies. This is because when a business is robbed by thieves, the clips captured by these cameras serve as evidence that can be used to track down the thieves. To illustrate this, police officers in Malaysia used video recorded by CCTV cameras to track down and apprehend a group of robbers who broke into a Seven Eleven shop at midnight. Not only that, but if employees know they are under constant surveillance, they are less likely to steal from stores. So it’s clear that surveillance cameras need to be installed in all workplaces to minimise crime.

In addition, employees in some offices often have to deal with angry or frustrated customers. Sometimes, direct interaction with an angry customer can put the employee at risk. Installing CCTV cameras can help employees avoid this situation, as customers are well aware that their conversations are being recorded. In the event of a dispute, the videotapes can be used to determine what actually took place and further action can be taken. In short, these cameras can help protect employees from customers to some extent.

From another perspective, the use of CCTV cameras is not without controversy. Opponents of CCTV systems feel that their privacy is being violated by the constant surveillance provided by the cameras. However, it must be understood that security is more important than privacy and prevention is always better than suffering the consequences. Therefore, opponents of this system should try to understand the situation and take measures to prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

In conclusion, CCTV cameras are indispensable and therefore must be installed in every building. This is mainly to protect against burglars or robbers. However, privacy is also lost with the use of these cameras. Nevertheless, security should be the first priority to be safe.

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