4,500 Crimes Solved?
Police Supt. Jody Weis on Monday lauded the network of blue light cameras that sit high above Chicago's streets, claiming they've helped solve more than 4,500 crimes since the beginning of the year.
"The police can't be everywhere every minute of the day, so the cameras play a critical role in preventing and solving crime," he said.
Some might question the timing of Monday's press event. Last Friday, the website SecondCityCop, which has been highly critical of Weis and Mayor Richard Daley, blasted the POD cameras as "just another boondoggle that gave the appearance of police coverage."
But Weis said the cameras have been the lead investigator in roughly 24,000 missions, and many involved with their implementation credit the mayor for pushing the surveillance network idea the past 10 years.
But seriously, 24,000 missions? Does this guy even know how missions are run? Anytime someone moves a camera via remote control, they call it a mission and generate a BS number. You get an event number for going to the can for pete's sake. We could claim we get about a billion visitors a day here, and our number would be at least as legit as anything HQ puts out.
Again, cameras provide the illusion of police coverage. The last stat we got from the guys running the video cameras was 30% of the cameras are inoperable, storage is becoming a real issue and the servers are overloaded at two or three times capacity.
And the 4,500 crimes solved? We're talking mostly Class C and Ordinance violations (drinking on the public way, selling loose cigarettes, etc.) along with the assorted street level narcotics arrest.
Nothing that one hundred coppers couldn't have produced making an arrest every third day. And probably cheaper, too.