There's good news, isn't it ... - The Safer Vale Partnership have announced that a total of 51 outdated Public Space CCTV cameras currently operating in Barry, are now to be updated, in addition to new cameras being installed following a £ 160k award of funding from the Welsh Assembly. - Source - Barry & District News 26th February 2011
Holding back cuts in the Forest - Financial cutbacks affecting the Forest of Dean District Council, were expected to impact on their CCTV operations, but at the n'th hour, councillors decided to reprieve the cameras currently operating, for another year. However its been made clear that if a new source of funding isn't found, the cameras will be switched off in twelve months time. - Source - This is Gloucestershire 26th February 2011
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A case of pots and kettles ...? - The US Consulate in Lahore, India have been making strenuous requests for the removal of CCTV cameras from the cell of a US citizen being detained in a local prison. Raymond Davies is being held in the Kot Lakhpat Central Jail pending trial on murder charges, and whilst diplomats are reported as being displeased by the lack of cooperation from the Punjab Government, the prisoners high security cell remains under constant surveillance. - Source - Sify.com 26th February 2011
Deep in the heart of Texas - In a somewhat unusual security arrangement, the Houston Police Department are now able to access five privately funded surveillance cameras worth $ 100k, that have been set up to cover public space on the East Side. If successful, the PD is hoping that additional cameras will be donated to help protect high crime locations. - Source - KTRK-TV Houston 25th February 2011
Facing up to the consequences - A hapless thief who stole cash from a movie theatre in Swansea, Massachussettes, accidentally overlooked the fact that his crime was caught on CCTV. The investigating officer showed the recording to staff, and they showed him the crooks Facebook page. The 25 year old suspect was arrested and is currently awaiting trial. - Source - The Herald News 25th February 2011
Don't care in the community - A 37 year old former nurse faces up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of neglecting a patient. The health care employee working in Troy, New York State, is just the latest one out of dozens of workers caught on hidden CCTV cameras, installed to identify individuals who are either abusing or disregarding their vulnerable charges. - Source - Fox 23 News 25th February 2011
Oh, Oh, .... Oh! - A 31 year old man was captured on CCTV, just moments before he vandalised a neighbours car, whilst dressed as Santa Claus. Police quickly arrested the suspect who realising he'd been caught on camera, confessed to the attack. Having admitted in court two charges of criminal damage, and one of carrying a knife, he was spared a custodial sentence despite being in breach of a suspended jail term, for a previous burglary conviction. - Source - Mail Online 24th February 2011
No more ticket to ride - A couple of Mersey bus drivers came unstuck, when their less than professional behaviour was caught by their vehicles on-board CCTV. Both have been sacked and their driving licences suspended for a year, after a catalogue of incidents were caught on camera, including jumping red lights, failing to stop for passengers, making mobile phone calls, eating at the wheel, and in one instance, even leaving the bus unattended with the engine running whilst visiting a nearby shop. - Source - Liverpool Echo 23rd February 2011
Shopped by a camera - Shopkeepers in South Woodford, Essex are up in arms, after the local authority installed CCTV, which has subsequently been used for parking enforcement. Both staff and customers have been targetted by the cameras, and with trade falling, even the local charity shop has seen it's donations dry up. - Source - Waltham Forest Guardian 23rd February 2011
A uniform approach - In the wake of five civilian CCTV operator redundancies, the Jersey City Police Chief has announced a new strategy for monitoring the towns security cameras. A three tier approach will be used to define the level of risk, and sworn officers and dispatchers will be required to provide the monitoring. - Source - NJ.com 22nd February 2011
Teach your children well - The British Retail Consortium are less than impressed after students at Queen Mary College in London, published a guide on how to steal from stores. Included in the comprehensive advice, the now widely distributed booklet provides a number of top tips on how best to avoid being captured on CCTV. - Source - Mirror News 22nd February 2011
Driving down costs - The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) are suggesting that with the current regime for registering vehicles in the UK, coupled with the increasing use of ANPR cameras for traffic monitoring and enforcement, there is no longer any requirement for the 'tax disc' to be retained. The abolition of paper discs in vehicles would according to the BVRLA likely save the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) around £ 90 million a year in administration charges. - Source - Fleet News 18th February 2011
Not always on the record - Following an investigation into procedures at the Australian Defence Forces insurgents detention centre in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, it's been revealed that the CCTV system being used to monitor detainees, isn't recording around the clock. Since australian forces took over from the dutch about six months ago, there have been nine allegations of prisoner mistreatment, which have all been discounted due to lack of any evidence. - Source - The Sydney Morning Herald 17th February 2011
Captured but not caught - Following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, it's emerged that three UK police forces failed to capture a wanted man, who went on to murder a 17 year old in late 2009. The 33 year old suspect was already on a police hotlist for a number of offences, but despite his vehicle being captured by ANPR cameras on a dozen occasions, he was eventually apprehended on the 26th October, the day after he raped and murdered his victim. - Source - Fleetwood Weekly News 16th February 2011
Miniature flying camera causing a bit of a flap - Engineers working on an experimental project in the US, have developed the worlds first video camera equipped remote control 'hummingbird' airborne imaging platform. Designed as a 'nano' flying video asset, the tiny prototype remote control aircraft can sustain self powered forward and hover flight, whilst providing useful video transmissions. - Source - AeroVironment Inc (Video) 16th February 2011