With the amount of surveillance cameras on the rise across the U.S. there are many times throughout the day that you might not realize that you’re being watched. Below are five places that might make you think twice before deciding to do anything you might regret seeing on the internet later.
1. The Bank
With all that money in one place, there’s no wondering why banks are such a common place for video surveillance. In fact, 98% of banks use surveillance recorded off-site and 25% of bank robberies are solved with its help. You can be sure that all eyes are on you when you park, walk in, drive away, or check your teeth in the reflection of the ATM.
Source: Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
2. At Work
Fifty-nine percent of private employers and 68% of public employers use video surveillance on their properties to watch over customers and employees alike. With workplace homicide the leading cause of death among female workers and office shootings on the rise, you can be sure those cameras are there for much more than keeping an eye on the office supply closet.
Source: Forrester Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics
3. Your Neighbor’s House
You may not have security cameras at your own home, but your neighbors very well could. After all, about one-in-six homeowners have surveillance installed—and for good reason, because studies show that your house is 300% less likely to be broken into if you have security. Burglars, be warned.
Source: Forrester Research
4. During Class
Along with other security measures, about 64% of public schools use video surveillance cameras to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. The sweeping security seems to be a reasonable measure considering there were 31 violent deaths in U.S. public schools during the 2010-2011 school year and by 2012, 9% of teachers themselves reported threats of physical harm by students.
Source: National Center for Education Statistic
5. In Your Car
Speed and red-light cameras have been proven to reduce fatality rates by 30-40% by discouraging traffic violations. But, with an average of 225 footage requests made by police each year, they can also function as essential evidence for solving larger crimes. Even traffic violations may soon have more help from surveillance with the global dash-cam trend on the rise in the U.S. All those cameras really give a whole new meaning to the phrase “eyes on the road”.
Source: Journal of Safety Research; American Traffic Solutions