Setting TAMI’s relationship with privacy aside, I agree with Ronen there is a real problem to solve here - by real I mean something which is hurting TAMI both financially and socially. As I see it ours is a social problem, and while instinct is to throw tech at our problems it seems to me that cameras will only introduce new technical problems without helping the core issue much.
I’d like to suggest the following ~simple change to how we welcome visitors to TAMI: introducing the TAMI-hack-master (THM) role, whomever opens the place basically. The THM should collect some form of deposit from visitors, ID, rav-kav, etc and place them in a member-unlockable clear box. Upon leaving, visitors collect their deposit after demonstrating that their workspace is not a complete mess, along the way perhaps let the THM know what they’ve been hacking on, and politely routed through the closest donation box or TAMI-like-button. The THM also makes sure first time visitors get a TAMI intro talk.
Ideally the THM shall dawn some visual marker to encourage anyone to approach him regarding anything - a feathery cap, a tiger tooth necklace or an inflatable apparatus of any kind. Need to leave? no problem, simply pass ‘it’ to another member. The downside is the additional headache & productivity hit the THM takes, but the upside is a getting better acquainted with TAMI users, and hopefully a decline in abuse cases. Implementing it will require use to rehash the TAMI member list, replace the front door lock, etc.
Adopting a THM role will obviously not prevent all possible abuse scenarios, and it does take us slightly away from a core idea upon which TAMI has stood on - the free-walk-in-out ideal, but I think it at least turns our problem into something which generates contact between members, which is a good thing.