Not exactly a shot in the dark - A night vision surveillance system being used by National Guards in Cochise County south east of Tucson, spotted a number of smugglers trying to use a catapult to fire packages of drugs over the US border. Border Patrol agents contacted their colleagues in Mexico, who arrived as the suspects fled, leaving behind the launcher and 45lbs. of marijuana. - Source - MSNBC.com 26th January 2011
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The brass faced cheek of it - A 34 year old scrap metal dealer from Gorseinon in Wales, captured himself on his own CCTV system, as he crushed some stolen musical instruments. The local brass band had earlier warned him to be on the look out for £ 16k worth of instruments, which he later purchased from the thieves for just £ 61. At court he received a suspended six month jail sentence, £ 2,800 court costs, and an order to pay £ 500 in compensation to the victims. - Source - WalesOnline.co.uk 22nd January 2011
No fire without smoke - The Landau Forte Academy school in Tamworth, Staffordshire, has adopted an interesting approach to tackling the issue of pupils indulging in tobacco consumption on the premises. If a child is caught smoking on the site's CCTV system, the parents are sent a £ 10 fine. But according to the independent data monitoring organisation Camerawatch, the schools failure to notify the Information Commissioner of this somewhat alternative use of video surveillance technology, would most likely be in breach of existing data protection legislation. - Source - This is Tamworth 21st January 2011
When they're wrong ... - A frustrated motorist has hit out at Wiltshire Police, after he was told that installing a CCTV camera to protect his car, would not be permitted. Twice in one week the vehicle has been attacked by vandals, but the advice given suggested that using CCTV would not be acceptable as it's parked in a lay-by, and not on the owners property so any passing pedestrians would be unwittingly caught on camera. - Source - Gazette & Herald 20th January 2011
Light or shade, it's all the same to me - Scientists working at the University of Warwick, UK, have developed a revolutionary Wide Dynamic Range High Definition camera, that is claimed to be capable of imaging at a range of 20 f-stops, in 30 frames per second real-time recording. This advance imaging system has been created under research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council . - Source - University of Warwick 18th January 2011
Illegals taken off the old Kent roads - It's been reported that in the UK, Kent Police have recently been increasing their Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) capabilities. Last year alone, 320 illegal vehicles valued at £ 1,372,738 ( approx $ 2m, €1.6m) were seized on the county's roads for a variety of offences, many of which lead to other criminal seizures. - Source - BBC News 15th January 2011
Not such a bright idea - Detectives investigating the murder of 25 year old Jo Yeates are unlikely to be assisted by the CCTV cameras operating on Clifton Suspension Bridge. The cameras might have caught images of a suspect vehicle, given that their location is on the only main route between her flat, and the roadside verge where her body was discovered some three miles away. Staff working on the bridge have confirmed that the night time images are virtually useless since new high intensity lighting was installed. - Source - Mirror News 10th January 2011
Bit of an own goal - A brazilian footballer named Somalia, could face up to six months in prison, after reporting that he'd been kidnapped at gunpoint on his way to training. Investigators checked the CCTV camera in his apartment building, and spotted him leaving for the ground alone, two hours later than he should have been. Apparently the Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo automatically dock their players pay by 40% if they are late for work. - Source - BBC News 7th January 2011
Lights, camera, and ... cut! - North Kesteven District Council have announced the decommissioning of twelve CCTV cameras currently operating in North Hykeham and Sleaford. As part of a £ 2.6 million cost saving strategy, the cameras which apparently have failed to achieve any convictions in their decade of operation, will finally be switched off in April 2012 . - Source - This is Lincolnshire 7th January 2011
Take it as read .... - A hugely popular 47 year old school librarian faces a number of serious charges, after having been caught on a surveillance camera stealing prescription painkillers from a colleagues purse. With 22 years excellent service under her belt, the accused turned herself in to police in Westport, Connecticut, USA after having twice been caught on camera, removing the purse from a locked filing cabinet. - Source - Westport Now 6th January 2011
Hail the coming cameras - The Western Australia Transport Minister has announced that a AUS$ 7.74 million project to install CCTV cameras in all WA taxis, will begin to roll out in July of this year. The state safety project which is expected to take 30 months to complete, will allow on board cameras to record and store images for around 12 days. - Source - Perth Now 4th January 2011
You don't want to do that! - Acts of vandalism have been halved at Peterhead's Clerkhill School, following the installation of "Talking" CCTV. Aberdeenshire Council decided to install the system after a spate of attacks at the school, but in the year after the installation went live, there's only been twelve recorded incidents. - Source - The Press and Journal 5th January 2011