High Crime Cameras Get Low Marks in SF

A study on the use of surveillance cameras in some of San Francisco's high-crime areas is giving low marks on the program's effectiveness in cutting down on crime.

The study conducted by the UC Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society says cameras installed around the city in 2005 have failed to reduce homicide and other violent crimes.

But the 184-page report does say the cameras have helped to reduce lesser crimes, such as burglary, pickpocketing and purse-snatching.

The study was critical of how the program was administered, pointing out it has no dedicated manager. The report also noted the poor quality of the footage shot by the cameras.

Police Chief Heather Fong says her department will now become the lead agency for the camera program.

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