Untimely trick ruins patrons treat- A popular Bournemouth club had it's licence suspended, and two people arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, and all because of a misunderstanding over the premises CCTV system. Police officers noted that 96 seconds of material were missing from the recording made during one night, and assumed something untoward had taken place. In practice, the recorder had automatically shut down and re-booted at a pre arranged time, but not before hundreds of guests were turned away from their pre booked Halloween party on the orders of the licensing committee. - Source - Bournemouth Daily Echo 16th November 2011
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Just when you need it most - It's been revealed that on the evening of August 8th when many parts of London were being subjected to extensive rioting, a number of cameras owned by Westminster City Council failed to operate, apparently due to a power cut in nearby Charing Cross Road. According to a police spokesman, lots of CCTV recordings have been made available from the neighbouring borough of Kensington and Chelsea, but very little from Westminster. - Source - Westminster Chronicle 15th November 2011
The answers out there .... - City of York Council intended to carry out a comprehensive review of their CCTV operations, but those plans have now been scrapped. Concerns over effectiveness and value for money have been overtaken by events, as another agency, the Local Government North Yorkshire and York Board have recently received a consultants report, which included recommendations concerning the amalgamation and possible sharing of CCTV operations, between a number of neighbouring local authorities. - Source - York Press 15th November 2011
Privacy and the art of governance - The acting Privacy Commissioner in Queensland, Australia, is carrying out a survey of around 200 state government agencies, to find out why they use CCTV, and perhaps more importantly, whether they are fully complying with the information privacy act. - Source - Brisbane Times 14th November 2011
Is it yourself .... ? - As fuel prices continue to rise, so too does the incidence of car cloning in the Irish Republic. Gardai officers have recently noticed a significant increase in the number of cases where thieves place false or stolen registration plates on their vehicles, before they fill up with fuel. The same technique is also being employed to avoid paying tolls on the country's motorway, with bills being generated automatically through the use of ANPR cameras, and then posted on to unsuspecting motorists whose vehicles have been cloned. - Source - Independent.ie 14th November 2011
Sixteen is the magic number - Chichester District Council is the latest local authority to announce the downgrading of it's CCTV services. Plans have been agreed to remove 16 of the 74 cameras currently operating throughout five towns, which have been described as units " ... that have never or rarely been used to detect crime". On the basis that those destined for removal are close to others which could provide " ... the same field of vision", the council's cabinet has made a pledge that the service will not be affected. - Source - Midhurst and Petworth Observer 13th November 2011
When CCTV upholds civil liberties - Almost two months after 47 year old David Dwyer was arrested and charged with assaulting a Special Constable, the prosecution has been dropped after reviewing CCTV evidence. Mr Dwyer had apparently been trying to escape from three men who had attacked him outside a supermarket in Peterborough. When he approached police officers for assistance, he was arrested for allegedly having attacked one of the men, placed in handcuffs and pepper sprayed. Facing charges of having head butted a police officer, prosecuters eventually dropped all charges on the eve of his trial, when having reviewed the footage from a town centre CCTV camera, it became obvious that no offence had been committed. Cambridgeshire Constabulary are currently investigating Mr Dwyer's official complaint. - Source - Peterborough Today 10th November 2011
Sounds to be a legal nightmare - The US Department of Justice is currently carrying out an investigation, after it was discovered that sixteen of the internal CCTV cameras installed at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Alabama, were equipped with microphones. Attorneys have confirmed that audio recording is illegal and given that it violates state privacy laws, the authorities are trying to establish whether an untold number of court cases may have been compromised. - Source - WKRG News 8th November 2011
Hands up for an eyes down - The local communities in Ely and Soham are reported to be absolutely delighted with their new local CCTV monitoring service. After years of complaints about the lack of effectiveness with community cameras being monitored in distant Cambridge, the move to setting up a control room staffed by volunteers in Ely police station, has seen performance and efficiency improve in leaps and bounds. - Source - Ely Weekly News 4th November 2011
An academic exercise in CCTV monitoring - CCTV systems installed in public schools in the Sharjah Education Zone, are set to be linked directly to the police monitoring centre. The move is intended to address isolated problems of theft, and also tackle the ongoing use of corporal punishment, which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. - Source - The National 3rd November 2011
Laundry raid claim given a new spin - A 42 year old store clerk working in a laundromat in Bartow, Florida, was found lying in a back room, by police officers responding to her report of a violent robbery. Whilst being transferred to a nearby medical centre for urgent treatment, detectives reviewed the video surveillance which was installed for staff safety, and concluded the report was a hoax. The 'victim' has now been charged by police after admitting she made up the story to cover for the missing $ 100, she had actually removed from the till herself the night before. - Source - Tampa Bay Online 2nd November 2011
Not quite the purrfect crime - A 38 year old post doctorate researcher at the world famous Smithsonian Institute, has been convicted of attempted animal cruelty. The specialist in bird research, ended up before the beak after having been spotted on a surveillance camera apparently tampering with a bowl of cat food, which prosecuters claimed she had laced with rat poison. Fortunately no cats were harmed in the making of this news story, and at the time of writing, she has resigned her position at the Migratory Bird Center and is now awaiting sentence at the District of Columbia Superior Court. - Source - Los Angeles Times 1st November 2011