Australian Security and Intelligence Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Security Research Centre, School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


David Michael Cook


Harris, V., & Harris, C. (2009). Information overload: CCTV, your networks, communities and crime. In D. M. Cook (Ed.)., Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, Kings Hotel, Perth, Western Australia, 1-3 December, 2009. (pp. 10-18).


Electronic surveillance continues to play a central but often unobserved role in contemporary Western societies and attempts to police them. This paper focuses on closed circuit television (CCTV) footage and its technological implications, particularly relating infrastructure and data storage and integrity. While CCTV might appear attractive in augmenting law enforcement systems, the authors argue that the debate on use of CCTV in crime prevention remains incomplete without an effective understanding of the diverse costs. This discussion reveals startling ICT resource needs and associated costs, together with very specific technological capacity. These contribute significantly to the costs of such systems, reinforcing the authors’ argument that CCTV is no golden bullet for law enforcement.