These have started appearing in Oakland – And here’s what they mean

September 25, 2023 by No Comments

If you’ve been out and about in Oakland recently, you might have observed one of these conspicuous large objects strategically positioned in public areas, including parking lots. The photograph below captures a scene from the city, and this isn’t the first instance of such cameras appearing in the city.

Interestingly, these devices look like a security cabin on top of a crane. In fact, that’s exactly what they are In essence, they represent a relatively modern initiative primarily employed as a preventive measure against criminal activities. These have recently been implemented by the Oakland police force to deter crime. It is not known whether cops are inside the cabin or not. However, the main point is to act as a deterrent.


It’s worth noting that these structures aren’t exclusive to Oakland and have been cropping up across the United States recently. In short, the idea is that if this can stop a few crimes from being committed then they’re worth it from a financial perspective. It’s a bit like having a CCTV camera on display that may make criminals think twice about committing a crime. The image was originally uploaded to Reddit where users had their say on its effectiveness.

While some individuals understandably harbor doubts about their effectiveness, it looks like the Oakland police force is sticking with them for now. Therefore, their usage persists despite their somewhat unappealing appearance. In closing, this also sparks a separate debate about whether these devices represent a necessary precaution or if they signify yet another instance of an overly intrusive surveillance society encroaching on the basic privacy of the average citizen.


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