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Is more surveillance the answer to preventing terror attacks?

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The key to catching the suspected bombers was surveillance video, which not only captured clear images of the two men, but showed one of the suspects actually placing the bomb, according to the FBI.

So as cities take action to keep their citizens safe from another terror attack, are more surveillance cameras watching our every move the answer?

The FBI surveillance cameras helped identify the Boston bombing suspects -- and now many are calling for more surveillance in their communities. But according to some, getting more cameras on our streets is more harmful than you think.

"That surveillance was a part of this quite frankly I was not very surprised at all," says David Ly, CEO of Iveda Solution, a surveillance company.

David Ly says the Boston bombings are a wake up call to American cities to gear up with more surveillance systems.

"There isn't really a big cooperative safe city effort. There isn't anything yet… This is not the 1970 or 80s where you are slapping up a camera and filming somebody. No one has time for that. The technology can be filtered in so many ways that it will only tell you when a car is suspiciously parked."

But privacy right advocates worry about more government getting more cameras and catching everyone's move.

"We live in a country that admires freedom and liberty. We set the example for freedom and liberty, we don't want our police force monitoring everything we do," says Shawn Dow, Campaign for Liberty.

The surveillance cameras that caught the pictures of the bombing suspects came from a private business.

"It was American citizens that caught those people, it wasn't a surveillance state."

The thousands of photos from cell phones -- private surveillance videos -- helped get a glimpse at the suspects and into the world we now live.

"There's going to be more surveillance, and surveillance in terms of technology, not as intrusion of privacy," says Ly.

The security expert we talked to says cities in the U.S. should model their surveillance plans after cities such as London, a city with a vast surveillance system that's helped it fight crime.

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