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May 17, 2007



dont they just observe crime rather than stop it.
maybe they are good for backing up a case against someone, or even for identifying a criminal.
but do they stop crimes from happening?


The thing I didn't like was the blacked out windows... Why are they needed? Why hide the faces of the people inside? I think it would be less threatening if it was done in a more open way, but the aesthetics appear to be deliberately harsh. I think it's a pattern you can see in a lot of Police vehicles: the graphics etc are now far more... threatening? They could have the same performance out of a BMW chase car without all the bravado... It's all gone too bling for me. And Dixon of Dock Green, I'd bet ;-)


There austere/hostile/military/trendy look of Police services now is odd considering how it contrasts with the subservient under-police known as Specials. You'll recognise a special, they tend to be well-manicured women or scrawny men, all of whom are below average height (I know this because I am average hieght, which means, essentially, that I am short).

Appearance is everything. Let's give the appearance of Big Brother watching us whereupon Big Brother is actually watching porn or asleep. Does a crime look more believeable if it's recorded? Or does it look more staged? I often wondered that.

Who's gonna be first to stage a stereotypical crime for CCTV just to prove that it an look just like it does on a bad TV-reconstrution? Tempting, I know.

Where is the most inappropriate place we can stick a fake "This is a CCTV surveilance area" sticker? A crematorium? On the back of a toilet door in a public toilet? Church building? (probably been done)

There's a wall on the Navy Barracks near me that has 9 CCTV cameras on a stretch not more than 3 metres long. I've often stood there being vulgar, but no-one has come out. (any excuse to stan in public being vulgar, other than teaching of course)

Is it a joke? See-see TeeVee?


I think people will begin to mock CCTV in the ways you describe... Rendering it less than useful.

Indeed, it's probably our duty as citizens to do so.

Nice to have you back ;-)


And here it is: the first CCTV Anti-social behaviour drone

They are watching us all now.

Get your catapults ready.


I never said I was back, just bored ;)

I noticed a camera on the cash point last night. That's just typical, lets film how much money people withdraw... this an only end in tears.


Thanks to Mike over at Mootblog for the tip about the film 'Taking Liberties' on release in London next week:


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