Homeland Security chief praises Chicago's surveillance camera systemSecretary Janet Napolitano toured Chicago's Big Brother network of well over 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras
By Fran Spielman
The Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday ranked Chicago's Big Brother network of well over 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras as one of the nation's most extensive and integrated — and Mayor Daley wants to make it even bigger.
"Expansion of cameras citywide is one of the highest priorities that will help us here in the city of Chicago," Daley said with Napolitano at his side. "Cameras are the key. They are a deterrent. They solve crimes. It deals with terrorism. It deals with gangs, guns and drugs in our society."