Hardly a penalty, more an own goal - London's Richmond Council is planning to pay back up to £ 1m ( US$ 1.6m, €1.1m ) of fines levied on drivers within the borough. Over a period of two years, 20,000 Penalty Charge Notices were issued for traffic offences by the authority's CCTV Enforcement cars, unaware that their onboard CCTV was not lawfully authorised. - Source - BBC News 6th July 2011
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Security ... what security? - The inquest into the death of a customs Assistant Director in the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission building, has been told that the CCTV system was not working at the time of his killing. Although less than six months old, the security camera system has failed numerous times, and will prove no use at all in investigating the murder of the senior officer tasked with tackling corruption within the service. - Source - Free Malaysia Today 6th July 2011
Not just pot luck - In the last few days, Southern Arizona Border Patrol agents have apparently recovered over 5,000 lbs of marijuana, being smuggled on five seperate occassions. It's been reported that a huge part of the haul was directly attributed to eagle eyed agents spotting suspicious activity using long range video surveillance systems. - Source - KPHO.com 6th July 2011
At number one, it's top of the .... - Kingston Council's Control Room has just been chosen as the UK's "CCTV Operator Team of the Year 2011", beating 350 other local authorities to scoop the top award from the CCTV User Group. - Source - Your Local Guardian 4th July 2011
When it's good it's very good - News from Melbourne, Australia where the Central Business District surveillance system is reportedly capturing an average of 15 incidents a day; this despite the fact that almost half of the 54 street cameras failed during the previous year. The relatively high level of equipment issues is apparently having some impact on the projects AUS $1m operating budget - Source - Herald Sun 4th July 2011