Should CCTV footage be a communal privilege or should it be a commodity?
Over a couple of a weekends, I had a few guests who were interrupted by the police to provide CCTV footage for separate instances for burglary. One of them were contacted twice as two homes were broken into on two separate nights.
I have personally been asked for CCTV footage from my business to investigate break ins and vandalism, and my dashcam footage as a witness to a couple of minor vehicle collisions.
In all these instances, the directly affected parties did not have their own cameras.
Is it just me or does everyone feel like people who invest in added security are in essence vaccinating themselves for the benefit of everyone?
Is it okay for me to charge for footage? I have spent a tidy sum on personal CCTV and dashcams, even more on the business premises. My neighbours have yet to install any.
At this point, it seems those who have cameras are sponsoring video surveillance.
(We are not discussing the necessity to comply with a court order.)
1. If someone without any security cameras/dashcam wants security footage, should you get them to pay?
2. How much?
It has taken a lot longer than I expected for the two most anticipated arguments to become emotionally charged - vindictiveness and greed.
Let's modify the premise - what if I didn't have the CCTV system and neither does my neighbour. I had a discussion with the neighbour and the result is that the neighbour will not install the CCTV as they perceive no value. I decided not to install for the specific reason I don't see fair value in being the only house with a camera. (Too many blind spots.) Is it now vindictive that I made myself unable to provide footage because of two very specific reasons.
- I don't want to be the only one that buys a camera.
- I don't want to spend the money where I don't see value.
(Interesting observation. Some are vehemently opposed to subsidising the cost of surveillance but are completely okay with paying administrative costs where no actual numbers are disclosed. Does marketing a fee a different way change the morality of the decision to charge a fee?)
Poll remains relevant to original question
Mod: Reverted previous revisions, to avoid confusion.