London cops are putting up these posters around their town. These signs advise Londoners to go through each others' trash-bins looking for "suspicious" chemical bottles and to report on one another for "studying CCTV cameras."
What do you think about this campaign? Is it effective or is it teaching the wrong message?
I don't think the public is trained well enough to rely on as a means of surveillance. People have a tendency to fear what they don't know or are not familiar with. At the same time, the neighbor buying 20 bags of fertilizer when he or she barely has a yard will escape notice.
The ultimate aim of terrorism isn't to wipe all of us out... it's to destroy our way of life through fear. If you saw a poster like this, who would you think is winning the so-called war on terror?
I think the campaign is about raising awareness. Everyone can do their part in keeping an eye out for unusual things. That may just be enough to prevent a terrorist attack. It may make people a little paranoid but if it succeeds in saving lives then its a success.