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If You're in Public, Camera's Eye<BR> is Fair Game

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A camera watching motorists in Winston Salem
RALEIGH — It may become the most infamous event ever caught on tape. Prosecutors inColorado say Timothy McVeigh was behind the wheel of that Rider truck onits way to bomb the Murrow Federal Building in Oklahoma City. But what'snot so amazing is that the event was recorded. Surveillance cameras areeverywhere, and if you think you're not being watched, you couldn't bemore wrong.

More and more these days, surveillance cameras are becoming more a part ofour lives. A surveillance camera is part of everyone's life who passesthrought the lobby of WRAL. It's getting to the point that everywhere yougo these days, someone is watching.

Crabtree Valley Mall is a well observed leader in surveillance. Seventy-twocameras watch everything, all the time. A security force of VCR's gets it all on tape. We parked our news van in one of the many,crowded parking decks. The Crabtree Police found it in less than aminute.

They're not just watching you at the mall. In Winston Salem, police usecameras to watch traffic, and watch people. Many police departments inthe triangle are taking a look at a similar approach to surveillance. Alot of people probably don't realize just how close technology is getting.

Back at the mall, we asked the Crabtree Police to show us how close theycould move in on someone. They could read the writing on Fred Platt'shat and could tell what he was eating. We tracked him down and told himwe were watching him.

Most people Mark Roberts talked to said they don't mind a littlesurveillance in public. They just worry about it carrying over into theirpersonal lives.

Mark Roberts reporting

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