Chicago Is Most-Watched City in America

Chicago's the most-watched U.S. city
Chicago's the most-watched U.S. city

Chicago is the most closely-watched U.S. city, with a comprehensive system of surveillance cameras unlike any other major metropolitan area in the nation, reports The Associated Press.

"I don't think there is another city in the U.S. that has as an extensive and integrated camera network as Chicago has," Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, told the AP.

Over the past decade Chicago has installed security cameras across the city on street poles and skyscrapers, on buses, in train tunnels, in city schools, and at local landmarks such as Navy Pier and Soldier Field. The network has linked up with cameras in private businesses and people's homes.

In a city known for its robust police force and a mayor, Richard Daley, who's earned the moniker "King Daley," the cameras have been implemented without much criticism about how they might infringe on people's privacy. And the cameras have been applauded for catching drug deals, bike thefts and even a holiday bell-ringer stealing donations.