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Security Cameras Functional


Use of CCTV images for court evidence has so far been very poor, according to Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, the officer in charge of the Metropolitan police unit. “CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure,” Neville told the Security Document World Conference in London. “Billions of pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It’s been an utter fiasco: only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. There’s no fear of CCTV. Why don’t people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working.” (BBC, “CCTV boom ‘failing to cut crime.’“)

Blogosphere analysis: Schneier, Stoddard [link to“fiasco”/ no longer works].

Our thought? Their chocolate ration needs to be increased to 20 grammes. Action this day.

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