Is it just the hounds that are barking? - In a pre trial review, a judge has ruled that groups that monitor hunting using video cameras, must in future comply with the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, also known as RIPA 2000, or be held in breach of the Human Rights Act. In the UK, the law is normally applied to organisations such as the police, that are using targetted surveillance on individual suspects, but if this direction is upheld, it will require organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports, to seek permission from the police before filming at hunt gatherings. - Source - Horse and Hound.co.uk 10th January 2010
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Plane stupid airport security breach - Chaos reigned at Newark Airport in the US, when an unidentified male managed to slip past security and wander around airside without having passed through any security checks. The individual who was later identified as a chinese student, had waited for a TSA guard to leave his post, then walked against a stream of passengers moving through the hall to bid farewell to his girlfriend. Somewhat embarassingly for the airport authorities, it's been reported that none of their security cameras were functioning properly, and investigators had instead to gather recordings from an airlines independent camera system. - Source - NorthJersey.com 10th January 2010
Caught with his trousers down - A prison guard from Alleghany County Jail in Pennsylvania, USA, has been charged with numerous offences, following allegations of serious sexual assault against a female prisoner. The prison authorities were able to establish than an incident did take place, after revieving the jail's video surveillance recordings. The guard who has been employed since 2004, has subsequently been fired from his job, and formally indicted on a range of charges . - Source - Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9th January 2010
When noise annoys a neighbour - A desperate couple from Northampton, UK, who were subjected to almost a year of constant Anti Social Behaviour by their neighbours, eventually managed to record 206 incidents for evidence, using their home's CCTV system. Their Neighbours from Hell actually caused so much harassment that apart from wearing out the couples video recorder, they were eventually evicted from the next door property, and are now subject to a police application for Anti Social Behaviour Orders. - Source - The Sun 8th January 2010
A bike delivery that wasn't ordered - Carabinieri police are investigating a firebomb attack on the court house in Reggio Calabria in southern Italy which is believed to have been carried out by the 'Ndrangheta mafia. The entire incident was captured on the courts CCTV system, and clearly showed the bomber arriving as a pillion passenger on a scooter driven by a female accomplice. The suspect placed the fiery device just seconds before it exploded, in what is thought to be a revenge attack following recent police successes against the secretive and highly organised group, which is believed to control much of Europe's estimated £ 32 billion cocaine market. - Source - Mail Online 8th January 2010
Specialists have success in the project - In one night, two seperate crimes were solved in a Harlem housing project, after a specialist police unit used video surveillance to identify and arrest the suspects. Following a report of a knife attack, which later turned out to be the tragic murder of a 9 year old boy, sharp eyed officers spotted an individual who was subsequently identified as the killer. Less than an hour later, a male suspect was observed abusing a small dog in an elevator, and he has since been charged with torturing and injuring the animal. - Source - New York Post 8th January 2010
Grave situation demands constant watching - Authorities have installed CCTV and extra lighting at the Southern Cemetry in Chorlton, Manchester, UK, following a spate of attacks on muslim gravestones. It's hoped the extra surveillance will help to prevent crimes which local police have described as racially motivated. - Source - BBC News 6th January 2010
Combing the records for evidence - It's been reported that a 22 year old male has been arrested in Milwaukie, Oregon, USA, on suspicion of being the "TriMet Barber", a mysterious attacker who targeted a number of lone woman on local buses, and then either cut or super glued their hair. Each incident has apparently been caught by the vehicles on board security cameras, and the accused is now awaiting trial. - Source - KATU.com 5th January 2010
A step in the right direction? - The City Police in Phuket, Thailand are planning to employ disabled volunteers to monitor the city's video surveillance system. Unfortunately, with the CCTV Control Room located on the fourth floor of the police station, and no lifts in the building, plans to recruit teams of nine people per shift to monitor the screens, may prove slightly more challenging than originally thought. - Source - Phuket Gazette 6th January 2010
Protecting the body politic - A comprehensive upgrade of the CCTV systems currently operating at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, is now underway. The planned $ 5m improvements, are scheduled to take place over the next nine months, and will hopefully plug numerous gaps in the existing camera coverage, using the very latest equipment. - Source - The Australian 6th January 2010
There's so much to see .... - News from Cardiff, Wales, where a new CCTV Control Room has just been launched. Providing 112 monitors capable of displaying over 250 cameras sighted throughout the city, the shift staff of two council operators and a South Wales police officer will be able to monitor traffic movements on major roads, whilst also accessing video feeds from a large number of community safety cameras. - Source - WalesOnline.co.uk 5th January 2010
You can't always count on cameras - According to figures released under a Freedom of Information request, crimes recorded in London where CCTV was involved, have fallen by 71% over the last five years. According to information provided from within the Metropolitan Police Service, this may be due in part to a change in the way that CCTV is recorded on a crime report. Whereas previously it was noted that a camera was present in the vicinity of a crime, it is now standard practice to only highlight CCTV when it provides a tangible benefit for an investigation. - Source - Telegraph.co.uk 5th January 2010
Who's kidding who ...? - A 31 year old Philipino maid has been arrested and charged with child cruelty, by police in Malaysia. The parents of an 11 month old baby returned home to find their child had marks on his face and hands, and whilst the maid denied all knowledge, a quick replay of the video taken from the homes internal covert camera system, revealed the true extent of the maids gross misconduct. - Source - The Star Online 4th January 2010
Cameras banking on success - Jose Banks may have been the key suspect in 21 bank robberies in Chicago, but in the past year, armed hold ups in financial institutions have actually dropped to a six year low. A spokesman for the FBI, has suggested that one key reason may well be the increased use of high quality digital video surveillance systems, which are capable of providing much clearer images of robbery suspects. - Source - Chicago Tribune 2nd January 2010
If you've done nothing wrong .... - Three friends went on a shopping trip to a store in Bristol, UK, but left without purchasing anything. Weeks later, they were horrified to discover that their images had been copied from CCTV footage, and placed by police on a wanted poster issued in connection with inquiries into a subsequent robbery at the store. Somewhat ironically, one of those falsely accused is actually employed as a security guard. A suspect has since been arrested for the crime, and the posters showing the innocent men, have now been withdrawn. - Source - Telegraph.co.uk 2nd January 2010