The state will bolster Luxembourg City's CCTV network to increase security and hinder lawbreakers.
The government will increase the CCTV network throughout Luxembourg City, installing new cameras in high profile areas to combat crime, according to a plan to be presented on 31 May.
Notable places that are targeted for boosted CCTV coverage are the rue de Strasbourg, known for its drug activity, as well as areas in Bonnevoie, Hollerich, and Gasperich.
The government expects increased coverage will provide area residents more security and lessen feelings of insecurity. In 2007, Luc Frieden, the CSV minister in charge of security, gave the go ahead to the installation of a CCTV network. These cameras are still working in certain areas of the capital, but will be added to in the near future.
Existing CCTV at the Gare, the Glacis, and route d'Arlon
Current CCTV in operation exists in the areas surrounding Luxembourg's main station, the Glacis car park and the "Kinnekswiss" park as well as the route d'Arlon.
The CCTV cameras, installed in 2011 provide 24/7 recordings, while the government states that CCTV also dissuades potential criminals. "If you know that you are being filmed, then you will be more likely to not commit infractions," the state believes.
Residents do not feel safe in certain areas
The real question around CCTV, however, is whether it actually works.
Does the presence of video surveillance contribute to a fall in criminality or does it instead simply force offenders to move to a different area not under surveillance?
Etienne Schneider, minister of internal security, struggles to answer this question, stating that criminality can't be kept under control as long as demand exists. A view shared by Luxembourg's mayor, Lydie Polfer.
A key example is drugs. If there is a demand for drugs, there will always be dealers and buyers somewhere, with Schneider conceding that certain areas, like the Gare area, are saturated with malefaction compared to others.
But will residents accept being filmed?
The Ministry of Internal Security, alongside municipal authorities, will reveal the plan on 31 May. One important dimension is to test how much residents will accept, as they will also be the subjects of video surveillance for two months. According to the police's spokesperson Frank Stoltz, footage is used every day to follow an inquiry. Stoltz explained that all the footage from all 50 cameras is inspected by a team of six people at Luxembourg's intervention centre. When necessary, the team is reinforced, for instance in the case of a large operation. Footage is also used if there has been an incident or a complaint.