If you have never heard of Virtual Block Watch (VBW) don’t worry, you soon will.
At first glance, you might think it’s like law enforcement’s Neighborhood Watch but you’d be wrong.
VBW’s are law enforcement’s latest national surveillance program that encourages the public to use surveillance cameras spy on one another.
Why do we need another national spying program? Don’t we already have DHS’s ‘See Something Say Something’ spying program?
As you will see, one surveillance program is never enough.
Police across the country are encouraging the public to ‘voluntarily’ let police have access to their CCTV cameras.
Last year, Linden New Jersey residents were asked to let law enforcement have access to their surveillance cameras.
“This virtual block watch will bring residents and business owners together in an attempt to prevent crime and improve the quality of life in our community. It is what one might call the 21st Century Neighborhood Block Watch,” Mayor Derek Armstead said in a statement.
“In a virtual block watch, police partner with businesses, community groups and concerned residents to acquire video surveillance involving crime, and having access to these cameras will aid in investigation purposes,” police Chief Jonathan Parham said.
Who started VBW?
A Phoenix Arizona Police Department podcast, reveals that they are responsible for creating VBW’s.
Police already have access to CCTV cameras aren’t two surveillance programs enough?
Last year, I warned everyone that DHS and law enforcement are using CCTV’s and ‘Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments’ to create a national surveillance network.
DHS Purdue claims that letting police spy on CCTV cameras will increase public safety.
“Although the [CCTV] cameras are not deployed for surveillance purposes, they can be utilized to increase public safety by properly integrating with current surveillance systems” said Yung-Hsiang Lu, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
SOURCE: MASS PRIVATE I