SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It took less than two days for investigators to scour thousands of photos and videos of the crowded Boston Marathon finish line and determine their two main suspects in the April 15th attack. Now, many Americans want more surveillance to keep them safe in the future.
Every day, across the country, police, business owners, schools, and even homeowners use surveillance technology to keep their property and their communities safe. It was the priceless tool that led the FBI straight to the Tsarnaev brothers -- the top suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Following that deadly tragedy, 78% of people want more surveillance to feel safer.
"Public areas where you have large gatherings of people, sporting events and so forth, I think it's a part of public safety. It probably will dissuade people from doing things like that," said Lee Callan of Hatfield.
The New York Times poll also found 66% Americans believe another terrorist attack is somewhat likely in the next few months. With that kind of sentiment, some people think more surveillance is the only option.
"I think in this day and age, it's going to have to become an acceptable fact. The way things are going and the way people are acting," said Stanley Krzynowek of Holyoke.
But crowded public areas are one thing. Support of surveillance quickly dwindles when it comes to areas people consider private.
"Private life is private life. There is a balance of where you can surveil and where you cannot. Bathrooms, inside individuals' homes, I don't believe in wiretapping," sais Justin Davis of Connecticut.
In Springfield, a camera consultant worked with the city's Business Improvement District a few years ago. Executive Director Don Courtemanche told 22News they own and maintain 30 surveillance cameras across 26 blocks downtown, mainly for crime prevention and to monitor traffic. The BID's 30 cameras are part of a broader network of about 100 cameras citywide, not counting those in banks, offices, and stores.