These signs have started appearing in my neighborhood:
Insert obligatory NSA surveillance quip here.
Seriously, there’s a cognitive disconnect here among people who are so paranoid about “neighborhood crime” that they’ll put this in their yard, but howl in protest over “Big Government” surveillance. “Surveillance” is a loaded word, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want to be under local police surveillance any more than I want to be under NSA surveillance.
I’m trying to figure out what the point of this signage is. I don’t know who asked for them or who put them there. They’re in the public right-of-way, so they could have been put up by Metro police. But I find them creepy as hell.
My neighborhood isn’t a high crime area. We have your typical petty property crime — people breaking into garden sheds to steal lawnmowers, stuff stolen from cars and the like. As far as I know, we don’t have anything really serious going on — no home invasions or kidnappings or major drug crimes.
Anyway, I don’t want to live in a neighborhood under police surveillance. It kind of sends the wrong message. I can’t imagine what the hell people are thinking.