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No seasonal cheer for traders - Shopkeepers on the Plough Estate in New Malden, Surrey, have been disappointed by a council decision not to fund CCTV to tackle ongoing problems with vandalism. Five years on from their first request, traders have recently suffered £ 80k worth of damage to their shop windows, but the council still maintains that it does not have the £ 44k funding necessary to install the desperately needed security cameras. - Source - Croydon Guardian 17th December 2009
It's not looking good .... - It's been reported that a quarter of the street surveillance cameras being operated by the Dallas Police Department, have been out of action for over two months. Following enquiries by the news media, it's hoped that the faulty units will be back working again within a few days. - Source - NBC DFW.com 16th December 2009
When cameras have their plaice - A European Union plan to control over fishing, has led to an agreement to allow UK trawlers to catch more fish. Any boats that are prepared to install three CCTV cameras to monitor on deck operations, will next year be permitted to land an additional 5% above their normal annual quota. - Source - Times Online 16th December 2009
Moving in the right direction - The UK Government has announced the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator, Mr. Andrew Rennison, who will take up the additional role of interim CCTV Regulator, to help address public concerns about the way video surveillance is currently used. - Source - www.publicservice.co.uk 16th December 2009
CCTV as the subject of surveillance - CCTV footage of an algerian man believed to have been carrying out extensive video surveillance for a possible terrorist attack in London, has been released by the police. Following growing criticism of officers routinely challenging innocent photographers, the recordings were made public to demonstrate the extent to which terrorism suspects are prepared to gather intelligence on potential targets, and the security cameras that are there to protect them. - Source - London Evening Standard 16th December 2009
Determined to be dogged - A local councillor has voiced concerns over Middlesbrough Council's policy of video recording dog owners, out walking their pets in the local Albert Park. Council officers have been equipped to video people and their pets, in order to enforce a recently introduced 'Dog Control Order', this despite the councillors comments that anti social behaviour was undoubtedly a bigger issue for residents. - Source - Gazette Live 15th December 2009
Hidden cameras produce rubbish results - Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have been carrying out an operation targetting flytippers operating in New Castle County. In the last 19 months, 15 people have been charged with illegal dumping on the strength of camera collected evidence. - Source - Delaware Online 15th December 2009
The grass isn't always greener - US Border Patrol Agents are reporting some success in tackling drug smugglers on the Arizona border with Mexico. In one weekend earlier this month, over 9,500 pounds of marijuana was seized after four seperate vehicles were spotted on video surveillance, travelling along the border fence. - Source - Arizona Daily Star 14th December 2009
Troubles boiling over in Chile - The Chilean Government faced with a growing uprising of Mapuche militants, have set up security cameras along some of the country's major highways. Whilst being a minority group in the country's population, the Mapuche Indian peoples historical claim that tribal lands were taken first by the Spaniards, and later the Chilean government, has in recent times led to a spate of arson attacks, in particular against plantations and logging trucks working in and around the disputed lands. - Source - TIME 12th December 2009
It isn't only flocks that are watched - With the christmas holidays rapidly approaching, news from Snettisham in Norfolk, UK, where an elaborate display of seasonal illuminations, has become the subject of 24 hour CCTV monitoring, in an attempt to disuade vandals from wreaking their havoc, on the annual celebrations. - Source - MailOnline 9th December 2009
Caledonian cameras in context - A trio of reports into the use of Public Space CCTV, have just recently been published by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Whilst one report carries out a systematic review of recent research on the subject, the second provides an overview of existing systems currently in operation. The final offering sets out a strategic approach towards improving current and future surveillance operations. - Source - The Gov Monitor 4th December 2009
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