As part of the Homeland Security infrastructure grants are allocated to localities spent to fight terrorism. New York City has decided that surveillance cameras are an efficient use of federal Homeland Security dollars. So far, 500 cameras have been installed costing $9 million. New York City is planning on installing more surveillance cameras when the federal grants come down the pipeline.
Is this money being used to fight terrorism? New York City is a high profile terrorist target after all which has been attacked by Al-Qaeda twice. The cameras are really a crime fighting measure as opposed to a terrorist fighting measure. Security cameras did not stop the subway bombing in London from happening. To the extent that surveillance cameras fight terrorism it is as response and not as prevention.
But the NYPD appears to be installing the cameras more as a general crime fighting initiative than for fighting terrorism. New York has installed cameras outside of subways and other potential terrorist targets.
The New York Police Department has also installed a surveillance camera outside of New York’s Hot 97. Hot 97 has had several shootings occur outside of its building in recent years. Maybe if Hot 97 didn’t promote criminality and have rappers on the air right after they have been shot. The hip-hop cops only exists because rappers entourages commit crimes.