In an absurd case of government paranoia, officials in Prince George’s County have decided to install security cameras that will have the main purpose of keeping an eye on already existing red light and speed cameras.
As the Huffington Post points out, the reason for the camera-watching cameras is to crack down on camera vandalism. Six speed cameras have been vandalized since April. One was burned and one was shot.
The police chief explains that it costs taxpayers anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 to replace the cameras, a significant burden no doubt. But perhaps the should take the hint that the community isn’t a fan of these cameras and not replace them.
The crack down involves adding around a dozen more cameras to watch the cameras in order to keep the cameras from getting vandalized. Boy was that a mouth full.
If only the city officials would just realize the favor the vandals are doing for them. After all, traffic cameras are largely useless and sometimes dangerous.
Besides, won’t the vandals just start taking out the camera-watching cameras before they attack the traffic cameras? Then will they need to install cameras to watch the camera-watching cameras? What happens when those get destroyed?