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CCTV camera in front of Big Ben  (Source: BBC News)
System has over 59,000 cameras, solves six crimes per day

Citizens in London are used to the cameras that adorn street corners and other locations around the historic metropolitan area. The cameras are used to monitor citizens and help the police in London to solve crime as well. The cameras are very effective at solving crimes according to the London Metropolitan Police (Met).

BBC News reports that Det. Ch. Insp. Mick Neville, the head of the Met, said that the images the camera captured are treated like fingerprints and DNA evidence. According to the Met, in 2010 the number of suspects that were identified by the camera system went up to 2,512 in 2010 compared to 1,970 identified in 2009.

The increase in the number of suspects identified may have to do with the increasing number of cameras in the city. In 1999, London had a CCTV system with 21,000 cameras installed. However, in 2010, the CCTV system has a total of 59,753 cameras. The Met also says that of all the 2,512 suspects that were caught this year using the camera system, many of them were violent offenders.

According to police, out of that roughly 2,500 captures, four of the suspects were wanted for suspected murder, 23 of them were rapists or sex offenders, and five were described as wanted gunmen.

Neville did say that the modernization and growing complexity of the CCTV system in London had raised some issues though. The system moved from VHS tapes to digital video storage. With the move, getting the captured video takes a specialized officer and takes longer than retrieval did in the VHS days. The Met officer also says that the digital video isn’t kept as long as tapes were.

Neville said, "We get high-quality images that are easily searchable but they are often not held as long. With VHS, people held 31 tapes, one for each day of the month, and it did not require specialist officers to get hold of the stuff. People are now being confronted by computers and hard drives and told to get those images and it is not as easy."



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This is great!
By 91TTZ on 12/28/2010 2:19:19 PM , Rating: -1
I'm sure most of the 2,500+ "crimes" were things such as jaywalking or "antisocial behavior", but that still took a few dozen real criminals off the streets. And all it took was the trampling of 12 million people's privacy.

Bravo.




RE: This is great!
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 12/28/2010 2:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
No privacy rights were trampled here. But suppose the evil-doers had done some violent crime to you or a family member? I think the people of England have made that value judgment and seem to be happy with it.


RE: This is great!
By 91TTZ on 12/28/2010 2:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really think they're happy about it, they just can't organize well enough to stop it.

Look at the USA, there are plenty of issues that most Americans disagree with, but they're not able to gain enough political traction to change things.


RE: This is great!
By jabber on 12/29/2010 7:57:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Look at the USA, there are plenty of issues that most Americans disagree with, but they're not able to gain enough political traction to change things.


Ahh you mean UK politicians cant be bought as easy as US ones?

I look forward to the day when the outraged citizens of the USA get angry enough to rise up and take their guns down from over the fireplace and take control as supposedly is their right.

The reality I feel, would be more like below -

"I'm outraged, we need to start a militia! But maybe after X Factor has finished and I did order a pizza only ten minutes ago...you know what...maybe tormorrow?"

(Sarcasm intended throughout.)


RE: This is great!
By morphologia on 12/28/2010 3:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
How much privacy can a sane person - by which I mean someone who isn't using aluminum foil to protect their thoughts from the Illuminati - expect to have in public?? You might as well say that a cop glancing at you on the street is an invasion of your privacy.


RE: This is great!
By BladeVenom on 12/28/2010 4:05:43 PM , Rating: 5
Try filming a cop in public.


RE: This is great!
By Souka on 12/28/2010 4:09:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how my voyeur-porn is generated by all these cams?


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