Citizen surveillance was the best way forward.
After all, who could object to an elderly lady sitting, knitting, a cup of tea beside her and a cat on her knee, keeping an eye on the neighbourhood?
No one liked being watched by security services or a remote and uncaring AI.
It was the perfect solution, politically.
The same nosy neighbours who once peeped through net curtains with disproving, judgemental stares now did so through the anonymity of the internet, knowing if they reported poor behaviour the police would come.
It put a whole new meaning into the phrase ‘neighbourhood watch’.