A far from arresting sight - A Police Officer has been found guilty of common assault following a 'stop and search' on a south London street. In attempting to restrain a 16 year old male, the officer was clearly captured on camera forcibly throwing the youth against a shop's plate glass window, which shattered under the impact. Whilst the CCTV recording proved that the victim did not pose any threat to the officer, fortunately, he did not sustain any serious injury as a result of his experience - Source - Mail Online 15th March 2011
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Security, but not as we want it - A 26 year old portugese cleaner has taken her employers, a tourist attraction in Edinburgh to an employment tribunal citing sexual discrimination. The case revolves around a security guard who last year received a conviction, with a £ 500 fine and a placement on the sex offenders register, after having been caught using the sites CCTV to track his victim, who he later sexually assaulted. He is also believed to have used the video surveillance system to record members of the public, but the tribunal has been informed that all the video recordings have gone missing. - Source - Herald Scotland 15th March 2011
We promise to do our best ... - Sussex Police Authority are the first in the UK to sign up for a 'responsible' use of CCTV charter, which has been drawn up by the European Forum for Urban Security. As one of the partners involved in the charters development, the Authority are committed to upholding seven key principles, to make sure their use of video surveillance is appropriate and accountable. - Source - Crawley Observer 11th March 2011
Out of this world surveillance - News from the US, where a major government agency is currently installing a network of all seeing high resolution surveillance cameras right across the country. Civil libertarians need not be unduly worried though, as the system known as the "All-sky Fireball Network" is actually being deployed by NASA to track and record fiery meteors as they cross the heavens. - Source - Singularity Hub 11th March 2011
Half working or half not - The authorities in New Delhi may be on high alert against the possibility of a terrorist attack, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for their CCTV system. According to a reply in the Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament), out of 206 cameras sited throughout the Capital, 98 are currently not working. - Source - Hindustan Times 11th March 2011
Who's the daddy now? - Authorities in the chinese city of Chongqing have announced ambitious plans to deploy 500,000 security surveillance cameras, at an estimated cost of $ 2.6 billion. The sprawling city which has seen violent unrest in recent times, is sceduled to see it's mega project go live by the end of 2012. - Source - Daily Mail 9th March 2011
Now who's getting carried away - The american actress Lindsay Lohan is apparently preparing to sue a jewellery store, that accused her of stealing a $ 2,500 necklace. The security video which purports to show the incident, was sold to the media by the retailer, supposedly for $ 35,000, so Ms. Lohan is set to take action against them over the use of her image for profit, without her consent. Her next court appearance on charges of grand theft is scheduled for 10th March. - Source - Cleveland Leader 8th March 2011
A lesson to be learned? - According to an anonymous source within the german security services, it's been reported that the surveillance cameras were not working in Frankfurt Airport, at the time when a gunmen went on a shooting spree. A 21 year old Kosovan airport employee apparently opened fire on a bus outside the terminal building using a semi automatic pistol, killing two US servicemen, and seriously injuring two others. - Source - The Local 6th March 2011
Camera cars left smarting - Medway Council's CCTV equipped traffic enforcement Smart Cars have been having a bit of a tough time of it lately. A band of merry bikers calling themselves the "No to Mob" group, have been out and about drawing attention to the vehicles, and warning off drivers that would ordinarily have been captured on CCTV committing minor traffic infringements. Their most recent successes have seen the vehicles being left parked up in the council depot, at an estimated cost running in to thousands, through revenue lost by the inability to issue Penalty Charge Notices. - Source - This is Sussex 4th March 2011