Questions from the floor ...? - Cornwall Community Police in Canada, decided to hold a public meeting to discuss their plans for deploying video surveillance cameras in the town, although unfortunately nobody bothered to turn up. The lack of attendance during the first half hour of the meeting, was hailed by the Police Chief as " ... an overwhelming vote of support for the closed-circuit TV surveillance program". - Source - Standard Freeholder 16th September 2010
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Privacy and that sinking feeling - A 35 year old man was put on a 12 months supervision order and rehab programme, after pleading guilty at Carlisle Crown Court, to the theft of £ 1,500 ( US$ 2,250, €1,650 ) worth of CCTV equipment. The court was told that a camera had been mounted on the property opposite the accused's home, and whilst it was acknowledged that it was deliberately invading his privacy, and the owner could not actually be determined, that did not permit him to tear it down and throw it in the local river. - Source - News & Star 15th September 2010
If he could only see ... - A 20 year old man already subject to a tagging order for a previous offence, is now behind bars after making a bomb threat in Exeter city center. The hapless hoaxer's call was traced to a public phone box, and with the support of the local CCTV Control Room, he was quickly identified and arrested just minutes after making the threat. - Source - This is Exeter 14th September 2010
They never learn ... - An investigation by York Press has discovered that half of the city's schools have been operating CCTV within their premises, without even informing the pupils parents. Critics have been quick to highlight the possible issues that may result from the inappropriate use of surveillance systems in an educational environment. - Source - York Press 13th September 2010
No cops cash for cameras - The Ribble Valley like many UK local authorities, has an existing CCTV operation in desperate need of future sustained funding. A formal request to the local Lancashire Constabulary to help maintain the scheme, has confirmed that whilst the cameras have proven a useful tool for the police, they have absolutely no intention of contributing to it's ongoing running costs. - Source - Lancashire Telegraph 11th September 2010
Scientists start work for the Finnish - The VTT Technical Research Centre in Espoo, Finland, is currently embarking on a research project to develop advanced Video Analytic systems, to enhance existing CCTV technology, when used in a counter terrorism role. - Source - Helsinki Times 11th September 2010
Now you see them .... - Scientists at the National Chiao Tung University have been demonstrating a revolutionary privacy enhancing technology, specifically designed for use in CCTV systems. In operation, the technology can automatically remove human targets from designated parts of the picture, and yet provide electronic keyholders such as the police, with the ability to recover the missing persons if required to assist with an investigation. - Source - Focus Taiwan 10th September 2010