This is rich. They did a study in DC and the results were that cameras in parking lots don’t deter crime. Read about it here, from the Washington Examiner:
“Technology is only as good as the manner in which it is employed,” the report released Monday said. “If it is employed minimally or is not well integrated into other policing functions, it is unlikely to yield a significant impact on crime.”The cameras were placed near exits with a motion-detection trigger to photograph the license plates of exiting cars, and signs were posted nearby to alert drivers.Only about a third of the cameras were active at any given time, though, because of budget constraints. The thinking was that even “dummy” cameras would deter crime.
But Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Metro owns the cameras and could still rely on them for investigations. “Our approach to fighting crime involves multiple tactics,” he said. “Cameras are just one part of it.”