New York City considers “ring of steel”

The New York Police Department is studying the City of London’s “ring of steel” in an effort to increase surveillance in lower Manhattan’s financial district.

Surrounding the financial district of London, commonly known as the City of London, is a network of surveillance cameras which records the number plates of all vehicles entering and exiting the area as well as recording anyone traveling on foot. In addition, to create the ring, some streets were closed entirely and chicanes, traffic calming devices, installed and streets narrowed.

The NYPD is looking into the feasibility of implementing such a surveillance system around lower Manhattan’s financial district. The network of surveillance cameras would cover entry points such as subways, Chambers Street, etc.

Though unfamiliar with the specifics of the project, which is still in the planning stage, local lawmakers said they approve of the sentiment behind the proposal.

City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., a Democrat of Queens, said in a telephone interview that camera surveillance is “the future not just in New York City, but in the entire country.” — New York Sun

In addition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday said in his State of the City address that he wants surveillance cameras in subways, housing projects and elsewhere in the city that use “microphones to instantly direct video cameras to the source of gunshots, ensuring that shooters are seen as well as heard.”

Read more: Knight Ridder

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  • October 2, 2007 at 4:18 am

    What most people fail to realize is that what is being constructed – intentional or not – is an infrastructure that will enable a totalitarian regime to operate at even the most private levels. The argument that people are concerned that they will be caught picking their noses in public is naive. Regardless of the intentions of law enforcement – whether it is a legitimate desire to quell “crime” or a sinister attempt to stop counter culture behavior – once this infrastructure is in place it WILL be used eventually by whoever holds the power to maintain and strengthen that power. This is the natural course of power. You don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to be alarmed at this possibility. If anyone calls himself a freedom loving Patriot, you must object to this. You must realize the long term implications.

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