Drivers left smarting - CCTV Traffic Enforcement vehicles are a common cause for complaint amongst motorists, but in the latest news report, a Smart car operated by the London Borough of Brent has been spotted parked up on double yellow lines in Wembley. According to a council spokesperson "Civil Enforcement Officers have a statutory exemption which allows them to contravene parking restrictions to carry out their statutory duties" - Source - London 24 8th January 2012
... and smarting ... and .... - As if to reinforce the point, news from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, where another enforcement vehicle, which this time has apparently already issued more than 5,000 motorists with £ 60 ( US$ 95, € 70 ) fines for offences, has also been captured parked "illegally"in the town centre. - Source - Daily Mail 10th January 2012
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Money's too tight to mention - In the days following last summers riots in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron apparently suggested in the House of Commons that money would be made available to fund additional security cameras where necessary. It now transpires in a Home Office response to shadow Home Affairs spokeswoman Gloria De Piero, that the governments priority is to reduce the "deficit", and any funding for community CCTV will have to come from local authorities and police within their existing budgets. - Source - Daily Mirror 14th January 2012
Crack left on the pavement - A quick witted appartment complex manager in Brisbane Australia, has helped police to track down the owner of a bag of cocaine. The 25 grams pouch was accidentally dropped on the pavement outside the block, so having reviewed the CCTV and identified the drugs owner as a 30 year old resident, he immediately called the police. Despite initially denying any knowledge of the drugs drop, the accused eventually pleaded guilty to one count of possession, and received a 12 month suspended sentence for his clumsiness. - Source - Herald Sun 17th January 2012
Citizens with an eye on surveillance - Traditionally privacy conscious Parisians are becoming ever more polarised over the merits or trials of deploying video surveillance throughout the city. Following an agreement between the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe and Prime Minister Francois Fillon, the nations capitol city is likely to see around 1,100 CCTV cameras installed in carefully selected locations. Whereas socialists are increasingly supportive of the crime tackling proposals, the Green's invariably see red at the merest suggestion of any technology which sees civil liberties being eroded.. - Source - France 24 17th January 2012
Virgin on the ridiculous - The manager of a spa in Bridgend has lost his job, after an out of hours appreciation of the facilities, came to the attention of his bosses. The twenty something manager let himself and four work colleagues into the Virgin Active complex, and having disabled the site's CCTV system, they all proceeded to strip off and become jolly good friends. Whilst two female employees entered into meaningful conversation with a male colleague in the inviting waters of the jacuzzi, the manager and his girlfriend decided on a bit more privacy in the expansive volume of the swimming pool. Unfortunately for the party animals, all was revealed so to speak, when bosses discovered that the CCTV system had automatically reverted into back up mode, and every tiny detail of their exploits was captured on camera. - Source - MailOnline 24th January 2012