The Atlantic

A new public-safety experiment in Detroit employs high-definition surveillance cameras to deter criminals, but raises questions in the process.

Detroit had a problem. Late at night, gas stations were the only businesses with open doors in many neighborhoods—and they were magnets for crime. In the first six months of 2015, about a quarter of violent crimes reported between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. happened within 500 feet of a gas station, according to the Detroit Police Department.

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