Security Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 19–29 | Cite as

Is CCTV a Social Benefit? A Psychometric Study of Perceived Social Risk

  • David Jonathan Brooks
Research Article


This study utilises psychometrics to quantitatively measure the social risk perception of a CCTV system, using spatial representation and multi-dimensional scaling. The psychometric measure presents the system as one of low dread and familiar risk. Multi-dimensional scaling presents the underlying dimensions of the system as a low sense of risk perception and low perceived community risk exposure. The CCTV system presents an acceptable social risk that outweighs community concern.

However, it appears that the community maintains social concern over CCTV. Increases in the risk characteristics of control and involuntary exposure are demonstrated, although increased CCTV exposure does not change the overall sense of social risk. The CCTV system occupies a relatively safe and non-adversarial social position, supported by the community. But the risk characteristics indicate that there are underlying social concerns, that CCTV may not yet have found its true social risk perception measure and that social support is not necessarily robust.


CCTV psychometric risk social acceptance multi-dimensional scaling 


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© Palgrave Macmillan 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Jonathan Brooks
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  1. 1.Lecturer and Course Co-Ordinator, School of Engineering and Mathematics, and a member of the International Centre for Security and Risk Sciences, Edith Cowan UniversityPerth

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