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Britain’s CCTV paranoia boondoggle

6 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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A photo from my recent trip to the UK. This is in the main hall at Birmingham New Street rail station. In this one room alone I counted no less than 19 CCTV cameras, and that from just standing in one place looking around.

CCTV Cameras at Birmingham New Street station

CCTV Cameras at Birmingham New Street station

From The Times Online:

Billions of pounds spent on Britain’s 4.2 million closed-circuit television cameras has not had a significant impact on crime, according to the senior police officer piloting a new database.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville said it was a “fiasco” that only 3 per cent of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV.

[…]

“Billions of pounds have 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,” he told the conference.


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