Small towns have virtually no crime; this is because there is such a small pool of suspects that offenders know they will quickly be detected. This contrasts with big cities; for example, the Los Angles Times’ Homicide Report lists up to ten gang-related murders every day. Typically, the only clue the police have is that a white, black, or latino male was seen fleeing the area—not much to go on in a city of 10 million people. Activists may cite concerns for civil liberties in opposing surveillance cameras, DNA registers, Individuals Registers, and GPS tracking of criminals, but in fact a person has no civil liberties if his murderer can be certain of escape by melting into a crowd.

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove