This morning, as I was watching The Early Show, on CBS, I was astounded to hear, during one of the local news breaks, that a nearby municipality, Riverside, California, a city of approximately 300,000, is putting videos of crimes, committed under the watchful eye of security cameras, on YouTube, and asking people who might know the identities of people perpetrating them to call and give identification.
While I have no problems with any sort of privacy concerns, as some might voice, I look at it as something that uses public knowledge of another type to keep crime in check. I can see a brisk streak of higher quality cameras selling, in order to make the identification easier.
I wonder who thought this up, and also, what does Google think about it? As always, someone will soon be wanting to monetize it. Who will get the money from the views?
One last thought – will this catch on?