The word community is a broad term used for fellowship or organized society. In general, the term community has been used with respect to either a geographical community (e.g., a neighborhood, town, or city) or the sharing of common beliefs or social practices (e.g., the Muslim community; the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community). Within a community, security and surveillance technologies serve to protect individuals, their property, and the community itself. Through such technology, individuals may be able to achieve their desire to live in a crime-free community.

According to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crime and property crime in the United States declined by more than 4% from 2012 to 2013. Many scholars attribute this decline to various factors, including more ...

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