Still watching the detectives - Prison authorities have installed CCTV cameras in the National Police Detention Centre in Salemba, Central Jakarta. Whilst around a dozen units had been fitted to try and tackle broad ranging problems concerned with corruption amongst some guards working at the prison, additional cameras have also been fitted inside offices used by detectives. - Source - The Jakarta Post 15th January 2010
In search of cold hard facts - News from Aurora, Illinois, USA, where a 41 year old businessman was blinded in one eye, after a large chunk of ice detached from the roof of a 'big rig' truck, and crashed through his vehicles windscreen. The seriously injured motorist has now sought legal action to access the CCTV recordings from a huge FedEx depot nearby, where it's thought the truck involved may have been based. - Source - Chicago Sun-Times 14th January 2010
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Canadians concerned with cameras - According to Professor David Lyon of the "Surveillance Camera Awareness Network" at Queens University in Ontario, Canada, "There is little or no evidence that surveillance deters crime". The just published final part of a two stage "Report on Camera Surveillance in Canada" takes a broad look at the subject, and highlights a need for public concern; according to Professor Lyon, " ... We need to question the social ethics of surveillance footage as well as establish legal limits on how the footage can be used". - Source - Science Daily 14th January 2010
He didn't bank on that ... - A man from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa, has been charged with a range of offences, including murder, after he was caught on a banks CCTV numerous times in close proximity to the councillor victim, who hasn't been seen since. The accused was considerate enough to get himself video recorded in close up detail, as he made cash withdrawals at an ATM, using the victims bank cards. With mounting evidence against the accused, bail has been refused. - Source - The Sowetan 13th January 2010
Street view or deja vue? - Moscow Police have arrested a businessman, after it was discovered that his company, which was contracted to provide them with live feeds from street surveillance cameras, had instead been streaming pre recorded video for five months, to cover up the fact that the CCTV cameras were not working - Source - Moscow Times 13th January 2010
Dipping in to the recordings - An officer working for the City of Cape Town's Metro police, has been arrested for stealing a colleague's wallet, whilst working in the force's CCTV Control Room. The incident was captured on camera, although the accused did not have access to the area where video recordings are stored, and so would not have been able to delete the incriminating footage. - Source - Independent Online / Cape Times 13th January 2010
Roll up, roll up .... - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's department in Florida, is planning to hold a number of public meetings, to demonstrate and explain to their citizens where and how the public space camera scheme will be operating. The system which is due to go live in the next couple of months, has been paid for using a $1m grant from the US Department of Justice - Source - Tampa Bay Online / Northeast News & Tribune 13th January 2010
The Lord is not leaping to conclusions - UK Government Home Office Minister, Lord West of Spithead, decided to court the views of commuters on London's Underground train system, to see what they think of CCTV. When questioned in the House of Lords, he reported that in general, passengers told him they felt more secure, and that as such, the cameras "... have a very real value" - Source - UK Parliament 12th January 2010
Cameras afloat in a big way - The world's largest cruise liner, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, isn't just huge in displacement, it's also jam packed with vast quantities of cutting edge technology. To ensure the safety of almost 8,500 passengers and crew, the ship has been fitted with 1,100 networked IP cameras, some of which are installed in the dining areas, allowing video analytics to monitor and report on footfall, and highlight which restaurants are busy at key times. - Source - SF Gate 12th January 2010
Fast and furious food - A frustrated customer went berserk on camera, when her 'cheeseburger snack wrap' was served up to her as a regular cheeseburger. Having been refused a refund, she reacted furiously, causing around $ 3,000 worth of damage to a McDonalds eatery in Kansas City. Police subsequently released the two minute video of her trail of destruction, and acting on a tip off, later found her hiding in a closet at her home - Source - Kansas City.com 12th January 2010
Hail the cameras - Officials in Seoul City Hall are planning to clamp down on errant taxi drivers that pick and choose which passengers they want to carry. Advanced plans are in place to start installing CCTV in the city's taxi's to make sure that all drivers adhere to the strict but previously unenforced rules. - Source - The Korea Times 12th January 2010
Sun, sea, sand and surveillance - Authorities in Suva, Fiji have advanced their plans to install 52 cameras throughout the city at an estimated cost of $ 100,000. It's hoped that supporters of the Crime Free Suva Project will help to contribute towards the cost of deploying the cameras. - Source - Fijivillage.com 12th January 2010
Not exactly plug and play - In the face of financial cutbacks across the school network, parents of pupils in the Montgomery County Schools district in Maryland, USA, are questioning the wisdom of placing a high value contract with an individual security consultant. It's expected that the school board will approve a contract valued at almost $ 125k, to be awarded to a lone consultant tasked with overseeing the commissioning of a network based video surveillance system . - Source - WJLA News Channel8 11th January 2010