School surveillance ... a less than class act - Authorities in Vancouver, Canada are pushing ahead with plans to install video surveillance in all of the province's schools. Whilst the local government is pressing for changes in existing legislation to permit the widescale adoption of CCTV, the Vancouver School Board are less than enthusiastic about embracing a technology, which apart from being seen as contrary to civil liberties concerns, is also considered by some as a solution to a problem, which does not at present exist. - Source - News 1130 14th May 2010
Results speak for themselves - Since the Hampshire towns of Farnborough and Aldershot first benefitted from Public Space CCTV back in 2002, the camera schemes have been credited with more than 5,000 arrests, and over 25,000 crimes being reported, according to the schemes operator Rushmoor Borough Council - Source - Get Hampshire 13th May 2010
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Anything you can do .... - The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, has paid a fact finding visit to London, to witness for himself how the capitols Closed Circuit Television systems are being used to protect the metropolis. He is already developing ambitious plans for the Big Apple, to use advanced video surveillance and analytics systems, which are eventually intended to surpass the current performance of London's "Ring of Steel" security arrangements. - Source - ABC World News 12th May 2010
Helpless minor subject of major crime - Police are attempting to locate a suspect, caught on CCTV as she abducted a new born baby from a hospital in Kakinada, India. The woman who removed the three day old from the maternity unit, was quickly identified from a security camera recording, although her exact whereabouts after the event remain unknown. - Source - DNAIndia 10th May 2010
Significant surveillance to secure sacred shrine - Amid growing concerns of a terrorist threat, authorities are planning to install 35 cameras in and around the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Bhawan, India. The police intend to constantly monitor the sacred Kashmir shrine which is one of the country's busiest, and has long been considered as a prime terrorist target. - Source - The Hindu 10th May 2010
Arab hotels turn their gaze on the guests - Following the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai earlier this year, security experts have noted an almost doubling in the number of high quality CCTV cameras being fitted in to hotels throughout the United Arab Emirates. - Source - Arab News.com 9th May 2010
Cameras nip problem in the bud? - During a one week operation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, three prefectures were targetted to address constant problems with lewd behaviour on trains. Within two areas, 77 suspects were detained, whilst in the third area where CCTV is in operation, no incidents were recorded. - Source - Japan Today 8th May 2010
Bomber suspect on display in firework store - The failed Times Square 'car bomber' managed to evade almost all the street surveillance cameras at or around his chosen target, but fortunately for investigators, a privately owned camera managed to capture images, thought to be of him changing his clothing, shortly after having parked up the SUV loaded with explosive materials. Prior to the attack, the suspect was also captured on a surveillance system, in the Pennsylvania store where he purchased the fireworks used to construct his makeshift device, and at the Bridgeport Shopping Mall where he took the vehicle for a test drive before agreeing to purchase it. - Source - ABC News 7th May 2010
Cutting edge, stitched together - It's been announced that the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, has developed a super high resolution camera for wide field monitoring. The 'Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS)' is equipped with a number of imagers delivering a total of 100 MegaPixel resolution within a 360 degree field of view, and providing a coherent seamlessly stitched series of images delivered in real time. - Source - Dept. for Homeland Security 6th May 2010
Ticket gets pulled on highway cameras - Despite having previously adopted the largest number of highway speed cameras in the US, Arizona has decided to remove all it's equipment following a storm of protest. The project was originally passed by the state's former governer Janet Napolitano, who is now the Secretary for Homeland Security. - Source - CNET News 6th May 2010
Moving forward on the streets - The transit authority Transport for London, have announced the placing of £ 27.6m ( $ 40m, €30m) worth of contracts, to upgrade the capitols traffic monitoring cameras, with a move away from it's existing analogue technology towards more up to date digital solutions. - Source - Kable 4th May 2010
Conspiracy without surveillance - An attempted theft from the John F Kennedy Museum in Dallas, was thwarted after armed security guards exchanged fire with a pair of would be thieves. After the suspects fled, leaving behind the safe taken from the museum that commemorates the assassination of the US President, questions are being asked as to how the buildings CCTV cameras were apparently disconnected inside the premises, at or before the time of the heist. - Source - WFAA.com 4th May 2010
The reduced cost of crime prevention - A few carefully selected small shopkeepers in Burnley and Pendle, UK are to benefit from CCTV systems and 'DNA' marker sprays, which are being supplied by the police to help deter criminals. The equipment is being funded by Lancashire Partnership against Crime, and targetted at businesses that are thought to be at most risk from thieves. - Source - Burnley Express 4th May 2010
Park ... and taken for a ride - A street monitoring CCTV camera located outside Clapham South Underground station, in London, has been surreptitiously hitting motorists with a hefty fine, simply for dropping off their passengers. In a period of just over three months, 2,341 motorists received a £ 100 ( $ 145 / € 110 ) fine for stopping a matter of seconds on a bus stop, despite the fact that no warning signs were being displayed as required under existing legislation. - Source - Mail Online 5th May 2010
Facing up to the truth - A 37 year old man accused of theft has been exonerated, after prosecuters were forced to admit that the CCTV recording of the accused, was actually someone else. The case was brought after the suspect was caught on camera burgling a staff area at the Cumbria Park Hotel in Carlisle, but mid way through the trial the mistake was spotted, and the judge directed that a miscarriage of justice had fortunately been prevented. - Source - News & Star 1st May 2010