Personal security in the community

In a piece in World Architecture News recently, we discussed the nature of the surveillance society in relation to the future of control rooms.  One issue we highlighted was how the presence of things like CCTV cameras actually intimidates people and produces this atmosphere of fear.  What is required is to breakdown some of these barriers and integrate the means of protection into the community.  We gave the example of the old police boxes as something that achieved this in the past

Well perhaps they are making a comeback…we spotted this article on a new police kiosk in Preston that provides information to the public and also allows direct communication access to the Police control room.  Although perhaps not a surprise that the kiosk itself is monitored by CCTV!

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