PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla - The Boca Police Chief posted online the video of a car wreck taken by a red light camera at Military Trail.
We've also seen his officers pull a first grader from underneath a car, senior citizens mugged on a bus in West Boca. And, a woman in Boynton Beach fearing for her life at a gas station.
"A lot of things you just mentioned probably wouldn't have been caught even a few years back," said Brad Robinson, the head of a private security firm, The Millenium Group, in West Palm Beach.
Police, stores, buses, all with rolling cameras.
Brad Robinson, an ex-CIA agent and head of a security firm in West Palm Beach, says the power of video is seductive for those seeking protection, which is why cameras, capturing the incredible and the mundane, are everywhere.
"It's been shown time and time again that even eyewitnesses accounts can be so far off. But the video doesn't lie," said Robinson.
Everyone in the YouFit Health Club West Palm Beach gym was on tape today.
"We only watch them if we have incidents. We don't just sit down and watch video every single day," said Sean Miller, the gym's assistant manager.
The YouFit Health Club has fifteen cameras.
Kyle Wisdom worries about privacy, but also says he once got back a lost wallet because a camera saw who picked it up.
"You can't go anywhere without a camera now," said Wisdom.
But how much is too much?
In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union says they are concerned about voyeurs abusing the technology, and warn that, "Small erosions of privacy inevitably lead to larger ones. Citizens need to be aware that, unless someone is watching the watchers, we will continue to slide further and further into a surveillance society."
Robinson says that when people come out in public, they should have no expectation that they're not being watched.
"When you're on public roadways, public property, in a store, you don't have that same reasonable expectation of privacy that you have when you're in your own home," said Robinson.
The Florida ACLU was unable to immediately provide an instance in Palm Beach County where authorities were found to abuse surveillance cameras.
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