Surveillance Solves the Case…Again!

As a nation, we never quite think humans are capable of such malicious inhumanity against one another until another gruesome attack happens in our country. This past week we all mourned the 3 lives lost and the 180 injured victims of the Boston Marathon. We extend our sincere condolences for the families who have lost a loved one, and others whose lives are forever changed.

In the wake of a tragic event, and as a security provider, our thoughts always start ticking like a detective. As details emerged about the two suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, we learned from the media that they were caught completely thanks to this surveillance video released by the FBI above.

FBI released image of Boston Marathon bombing suspects

“In outlining the evidence against him in court papers, the FBI said Tsarnaev was seen on surveillance cameras putting a knapsack down on the ground near the site of the second blast and then manipulating a cellphone and lifting it to his ear,” says the CBS news. After the initial blast, Tsarnaev is seen calmly walking away from the site of the second blast among a panicked crowd.

We are thankful these men were caught. Older brother Tamerlan, 26, was shot dead in a gun fight with the police, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar is in custody, recovering at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and can receive the death penalty if convicted.

Surveillance cameras are the omnipresent, accurate witness. They capture moments when no one is anticipating the worst, and deliver indisputable details surrounding crimes.

According to Time magazine, lawmakers are demanding the increase of public surveillance cameras. “Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.,) a member of the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, told MSNBC that video cameras in public locations are ‘a great law enforcement method’ that ‘keeps us ahead of the terrorists’.

Questions still surround this case, but at least the citizens of Boston have peace of mind knowing these men will not harm anyone else, and surveillance cameras are the one to thank.

How do you feel about increasing public surveillance cameras? Do you have privacy concerns, or do surveillance cameras make you feel safer?