Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being watched? Well, Britain is the most ‘watched’ country on the continent. Everyone lives in a ‘surveillance society’ where our movements are monitored by a mass of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras: there are up to 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain, about one for every 14 people, to be precise! These cameras monitor our every move whilst we are out and about leading our daily lives 24/7. Is there really a need to be monitored to such a degree?
On one hand, it could be argued that CCTV cameras serve as a potential deterrent to those within society who prove to be disruptive and troublesome – any incidents that occur can be recorded and used as potential evidence against those individual/s involved in any incidents or displaying any anti-social behaviour – CCTV can be an effective method of capturing criminals etc. On the other hand, the majority of European countries do not monitor their residents to such an intense level. It begs the question, is such an intense level of scrutiny necessary?