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CCTV 'News in Brief' - 16th > 30th November 2005


Out of sight - News from Windhoek, Namibia, where a laptop computer and sensitive documents relating to a Government Institution Pension Fund, were stolen from a secure office area, supposedly under constant video surveillance. The thief apparently ignored wallets containing credit cards, targetting only the computer containing all the work relating to the forensic audit. The cameras had apparently been turn round before the theft took place - source - 16th November 2005

The games must go on - A range of businesses in Angeles City have recently spent over half a million dollars on acquiring 64 security cameras for their premises. The community based surveillance project has been funded by local hotels, restaurants and bars, and marks a significant investment in enhancing security prior to the 23rd Southeast Asian Games - source Sun Star Pampanga - 17th November 2005

Facing up to terrorism - News from Japan where government plans to install CCTV at railway and subway stations, has triggered a protest by eleven academics from the Sophia University. The provision of cameras equipped with Automatic Facial Recognition Systems (AFRS) to help prevent terrorist attacks, has prompted outrage from professors anxious about infringements of civil liberties - source Japan Today - 17th November 2005

A law unto themselves - Lawyers across Bangladesh are calling for the installation of security cameras at all court houses, following an upsurge in terrorist attacks by outlawed groups capaigning for Sharia law. In the most recent incident two judges were killed in a bomb attack, and intelligence agencies have warned of further suicide attacks - source - 17th November 2005

Tales of a cat burglar - To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ending of WWII, Russia's Federal Security Service (the successor to the KGB) decided to hold an exhibition of their collection of wartime memorabilia. To the huge embarrasment of the FSB, an intruder abseiled from the roof and managed to steal their most prized artefact, Adolf Hitlers gold Nazi party badge. Although caught in the act on CCTV, the burglar managed to get away, despite having triggered a perimeter alarm on his way in, which the guards later admitted they thought was a cat - source Times Online - 19th November 2005

Islands in the sun - In the face of growing criminality, the Commissioner of Police for Grand Cayman Island has expressed a wish to introduce CCTV cameras to address the problems. At a public meeting in Bodden Town, it was acknowledged that the introduction of surveillance technology does raise privacy issues, which would require approval from the governing Cabinet before installation can take place - source Caymanian Compass - 20th November 2005

A clear case - The results of a study by researchers at The Australian Institute of Criminology, have indicated that court evidence provided by rape victims on a Closed Circuit Television link, makes no difference to a juror when reaching a decision. The report confirms that jurors opinions were not swayed, whether the victim appeared in person, or via CCTV - source ABC News Online - 21st November 2005

Cash strapped cameras - The future success of an existing Town Centre CCTV system located in Derry, Northern Ireland, has been thrown into doubt over an ongoing funding shortfall. With a recorded reduction of 18% in incidents during 2004, the lack of funding commitment by the local City Council, has according to a recent report, left the project 'undermined'. - source Derry Journal - 22nd November 2005

All fired up in Florida - For residents in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Assistant Chief of Police plans to introduce revolutionary CCTV surveillance, could see as many as 100 camera's installed over the next two years. As the first four units are installed this month, evaluation trials will help the authorities to decide whether to turn the city into the most monitored locale in South Florida. Some cameras are apparently being configured to respond to the sound of gun shots, something which by all accounts should keep them busy. - source Palm Beach Post - 22nd November 2005

On the right tracks - Immediately following the fatal shooting of a police officer in Bradford, England, police were able to track the movements of the getaway vehicle, using local authority street surveillance cameras, equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems. - source - 22nd November 2005

Respect the faith - Having already been attacked by graffiti vandals, the parish priest of Saint Johns Church Magherafelt in Ireland, has decided to install security cameras at key locations around the building. The recent attack, which included the desecration of graves, and sectarian graffiti on the building, follows on from a complete 12 month renovation, needed after a fire bomb attack in 2003 - source Daily Ireland - 22nd November 2005

Cash for cameras - The Scottish Executive has announced the allocation of £ 1 million in funding for new CCTV cameras. The funds which have been set aside for use by the 18 cities and towns currently participating in the "Safe Cities and Safe Towns" initiative, can only be used to procure mobile CCTV cameras, suitable for use in public areas - source The Buchan Observer - 23rd November 2005

When the lights go down - News from Australia, where local government legislators are intending to compel night clubs and bars, to install digital security cameras. At present only just over half of all late licensed premises have any CCTV, and many will need upgrading to meet the new standards proposed. The government officials have been forced to act in response to poor quality recordings that have previously hampered police investigations into serious incidents - source The Age Company - 24th November 2005

The show must go on - A number of exhibitors at the recent India International Trade Fair, have been complaining about thieving from the stands. Delegations from Thailand, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan all reported thefts during the show, despite the organisors claiming that there had been " major incidents of crime ...". An official was quoted as saying that this was due to "... better security arrangements including closed-circuit television in many of the halls.". - source New India Press - 25th November 2005

An uneasy watch - For the first time in almost 40 years, the Palestinian Authority has been given control of the strategic border crossing at Rafa. Whilst this will allow the free movement of individuals from the Gaza Strip into Israel, all persons will be monitored by Israeli border control officers using Closed Circuit Television. Under an agreement brokered by the U.S., any infringements will be monitored by diplomats from the European Union - source - 26th November 2005

How off putting!- In a survey carried out for the U.K.'s recent National Home Security Week, the events sponsor Micromark reported that 63% of convicted burglars questioned, would probably or definitely not burgle a home fitted with CCTV - source The Observer - 27th November 2005

A lesson learned - News from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore U.S., where officials committed to spending a further US$ 1.9 million on acquiring 46 additional security cameras, linked back to a new "state of the art" security communications centre. This will be in addition to the existing 32 camera system already operational throughout the campus - source The JHU Gazette - 28th November 2005

Cooperation with cameras - In response to the ongoing threat of terrorist activity, the Singapore Police are donating three Closed Circuit Television sets, for use by the Kepulauan Riau police at the Batam Centre ferry terminal. The ferry port currently provides passenger links to both Singapore and Malaysia - source Antara News - 29th November 2005

Driving out crime - For any motorists thinking about driving illegally through the West Country city of Bristol, their time may indeed be up. As from the 1st of December, the existing City Council CCTV scheme will be adopting a linked Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR), in a unique initiative involving the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. As one of the first forces in the U.K. to apply this technology, the local police already have over five years experience of using vehicle recognition surveillance techniques. Now with the wider adoption of ANPR on a city wide scale, they are confident that any vehicles either being driven illegally or involved in criminal activity, will be tracked and located in record time - source Avon and Somerset Constabulary - 29th November 2005

Wired to the max - It's been reported that the Thames Valley Police have signed a £ 10m five year managed contract for a new data network. One of the major benefits will be the seamless networking of 14 currently independent CCTV monitoring centres located throughout the forces operational area. - source - 30th November 2005

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