Acceptance of surveillance cameras grows after Boston bombing - FOX 13 News

Acceptance of surveillance cameras grows after Boston bombing

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Airports, traffic lights, ATMS, even potentially your neighbor's house -- like it or not, we live in a world of lenses. From the mundane to the insane, they capture it all.

"I think they're definitely beneficial," said Caitlin Reeder.

Surveillance cameras were integral in Boston. The images helping to eventually identify and bring down the marathon bombing suspects.

In the wake of the attack, a recent New York Times/ CBS Poll shows 78 percent of Americans support the installation of surveillance cameras in public places, despite the big-brother trade off.

"As long as it is not being used for inappropriate things, it's not a bad thing to have," Reeder said.

"I think we have a couple dozen. They were largely deployed for the RNC," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Mayor Buckhorn says Tampa's cameras are rolling, but they aren't being monitored unless a crime is committed. The mayor kept them up after the convention, arguing a case for technological crime fighting.

"It is not invading people's personal space. These cameras are not trained on anybody's bedroom. These cameras are used to deter crime and to capture crime when it occurs," Buckhorn said.

Most of Tampa's cameras are stationary, but some can be moved during big events. Any way you look at it, the eyes in the sky are here to stay.

"If you're not committing a crime you have nothing to worry about," Buckhorn said.

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