Find Out How Life Changes When You Move to a Big City

You will be watched all the time

Large cities with millions of people invest in wide-reaching public safety measures. For better or worse, major cities across the U.S. have dialed up their surveillance systems and police departments in recent decades. After the Sept. 11 attacks, New York City added thousands of surveillance cameras, which today number approximately 20,000. The NYPD, the largest police department in the nation’s largest city, employs close to 40,000 police officers. In 2005, Houston, Texas, didn’t have a single surveillance camera. Today, the city has close to 1,000 cameras.

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