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Cops allowed to film on Reeperbahn

The Local · 26 Jan 2012, 09:20

Published: 26 Jan 2012 09:20 GMT+01:00

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After the cameras’ introduction in 2006, local resident Alja Rieckhof had complained that they were infringing on her private life.

A series of lower court rulings imposed restrictions on the use of surveillance cameras, such as not allowing them to film Rieckhof’s residence, which Hamburg police viewed as so restrictive that they decided to turn the cameras off completely in 2011.

The federal court ruling hinged on whether the police’s duty to prevent crime outweighed the privacy interests of residents and passersby – which the court ruled it did.

Rieckhof had argued that more police officers on the street would be a better deterrent than video cameras.

But the exact use of the cameras in the future remains unclear. Although Hamburg’s state government praised the ruling, many restrictions imposed by lower courts remain in force, and authorities said the 12 cameras will only be used on an “ad-hoc” basis for the time being.

Police have previously said video that doesn't capture a crime is only stored for 30 days before being deleted.

Rieckhof said she was disappointed with the ruling but happy that she had brought the topic to national attention.

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“I must be content with what we have already achieved,” she said.

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12:26 January 26, 2012 by The-ex-pat
She would have a fit if she moved to the UK. London has, 400,000 CCTV cameras and the UK on a whole has one camera to every 12 people!!
12:37 January 26, 2012 by raandy
This comment is for the local.

You put an article out her with a comment section but if YOU decide it is not up to YOUR standards , you delete all the comments and let the article continue to appear with out comments.

You should be well aware of the articles potential before you open it to comments.

If there were no comments how many people do you think would give this site any attention at all? I can tell you I sure would't.

If anyone out there has any interest in starting an online German news service in English ,you would not have to work to hard to replace this one.
12:40 January 26, 2012 by mos101392
I wish everywhere was like in the UK. There are those whining about privacy but the security and safety of the public outweighs their smaller issues. If it weren't for all those cameras in the UK, the police would not have caught all those thieves and thugs that were terrorizing and stealing and burning homes last year in and around London. Most recently, that German arsonist in Hollywood was caught because of a camera. Imagine what it was like living in a world without cameras and the criminals get away with everything. A world with or a world without cameras....there is no doubt that a world with cameras is a much safer one.

As Spock would say, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". ...;O)

15:56 January 26, 2012 by The-ex-pat

The irony is the conviction rate for crimes recorded by UK CCTV is only 4% due to the quality of the recording and the angle not catching a complete face, a point the defense lawyers go to town on.
17:16 January 26, 2012 by McM
Privacy interests?.. What is that. Does it matter? If the police can stand around watching what is happening 1st hand what they see and what a camera sees is

light is reflected of an incident or event.. If you have not committed a crime or made an idiot of yourself by getting wasted what have you got to worry about. Cameras are used mainly to deter crimes and as a by product sometimes even a conviction tool.

The reduction of crime in camera zones is huge, especially if their presence is made public. Look at the statistics from the UK and the USA. Frankly nobody is interested in the light refracted from private interest paranoid people who sadly misplace their own importance. If the cameras reduce a few bashings ,assaults and other anti-social activity, good.
18:04 January 26, 2012 by ChrisRea
@ McM

Can you actually produce the statistics you are talking about? Or you just know a friend who heard about it?

@ mos101392

Apparently CCTV did not deter the hooligans in the recent London crisis. As they are not really valuable in court, their usefulness is fully questionable.
19:07 January 26, 2012 by raandy
You have to dress and act properly these days as you are many times on camera.There is very little privacy in todays world and it isn't going to get more private.
23:50 January 26, 2012 by Hunner1210
This is extremely dangerous and invasive. First off, these cameras don't stop crime at all, they just help to punish people. Putting more cops on the streets would stop crime. But no, they just want to sit in safety behind their cameras and do the clean-up. It is these few paranoids that believe the "bad guys" of the world are out to get them and their paranoia outweighs their own freedom. Also these people don't realize that they do things that are illegal or may look suspicious. Moreover, that there are some "crimes" like underage drinking and to-an-extent drug use that is widely acceptable to the people but not to the courts. The court ruled earlier in favor of the people, and they should KEEP the ruling in favor of the people- not the 1% and the police who protect them that don't want to actually do their job.
05:19 January 27, 2012 by vonSchwerin
Who the hell wants to live directly on the Reeperbahn? I find it very odd.

Alja Rieckhof must like living around prostitutes and drunken tourists. (BTW, do a Google image search for her. What's with the eyebrows? Or lack thereof.)
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