OpinionMTA subway cameras are a public security 'no-brainer'

MTA subway cameras are a public security ‘no-brainer’


Subway cams are such a no brainer that even Gov. Kathy Hochul, usually so hesitant to offend the pro-criminal left, is on board. However in fact the New York Civil Liberties Union nonetheless squawks.

Embedding 13,000 new surveillance cameras on MTA subway automobiles (too dangerous it’ll take three years) can solely assist lure again crime-conscious straphangers. And the $3.5 million price (plus $2 million that the feds will cowl) is a drop within the sea of pink ink that’s MTA’s price range.

Stats present subway riders usually tend to expertise crime now than pre-pandemic; the cameras will assist flip that round, even when solely as a result of they improve ridership — which all by itself reduces crime.

Too dangerous Hochul invoked “Massive Brother” in saying the transfer. Cue the anti-surveillance naysayers to pipe up.

The NYCLU whined that the town already holds “tens of 1000’s surveillance cameras and there’s no proof this large enlargement of subway cameras will enhance security.” Then it tweeted: “Actual public security comes from investing in our communities, not from omnipresent authorities surveillance.”

Cranky technophobe Albert Fox Cahn slammed “surveillance theater” that places New Yorkers in danger and is “ripe for abuse by the NYPD,” fuming, “We deserve higher than digital cease and frisk.”

Fox Cahn (with AOC’s help) helped kill the NYPD’s robotic Digidog experiment final yr over phony privateness considerations.

Come on: Nobody has a proper to privateness in public. Videocams (together with the personal ones which might be in all places) are a primary trendy security measure. And subway ridership nonetheless down 40% is a big risk to the MTA’s solvency — and thus to the town’s survival.

Now, if solely Hochul would dare to face up in opposition to the extremists on different no-brainers, beginning with demanding actual fixes to the no-bail regulation.


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