Friday, April 06, 2007

'Talking' CCTV takes over the town!

I reported a few months back on the 'talking' CCTV cameras that were being trialled in Middlesbrough. Well, they were so popular that they are now being installed in cities and towns across the UK! BBCNews writes in ''Talking' CCTV scolds offenders' that

"Talking" CCTV cameras that tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour are to be extended to 20 areas across England. They are already used in Middlesbrough where people seen misbehaving can be told to stop via a loudspeaker, controlled by control centre staff. About £500,000 will be spent adding speaker facilities to existing cameras.

Shadow home affairs minister James Brokenshire said the government should be "very careful" over the cameras. Home Secretary John Reid told BBC News there would be some people, "in the minority who will be more concerned about what they claim are civil liberties intrusions".

"But the vast majority of people find that their life is more upset by people who make their life a misery in the inner cities because they can't go out and feel safe and secure in a healthy, clean environment because of a minority of people," he added.

Once the box has been opened it cannot be closed again...


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