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  • Accidents up near red-light cameras

    11/11/2009 3:35:33 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies · 823+ views
    LA Observed ^ | November 10 2009 9:53 AM | Kevin Roderick
    instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of the Los Angeles intersections where red-light cameras have been installed.
  • Neal Boortz: Kinda wish cameras could shoot bullets

    11/02/2009 10:31:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies · 1,413+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 30, 2009 | Neal Boortz
    ...Today, let’s talk cameras. Cameras on utility polls. Cameras on the corners of buildings. Cameras following you as you walk through town, a college campus, or your own neighborhood. Upset? Seems quite a few Atlantans are...
  • Secret code saves man who spied on flatmates

    10/22/2009 7:09:31 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 1,868+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 19 Oct 2009 | Jeremy Pierce
    A MAN who established a sophisticated network of peepholes and cameras to spy on his flatmates has escaped a jail sentence after police were unable to crack an encryption code on his home computer. Rohan James Wyllie, 39, yesterday pleaded guilty in Southport District Court to charges of attempting to visually record one of his flatmates when she was in a private place without her consent. But police were unable to prove his elaborate surveillance system had actually been used. Wyllie's three flatmates, two women and a man, grew suspicious that he was up to something when they noticed lights...
  • Inoperative Cameras Hinder SEPTA 'Photo' Probe (possible Jihadi in Philly?)

    09/24/2009 6:38:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 745+ views
    CBS3 ^ | 9/24/09 | Walt Hunter
    Twice in the past two days, SEPTA officials have alerted police to men taking pictures on the Broad Street subway line in South Philadelphia. On Wednesday, a SEPTA cashier told officers about a man taking pictures at the Lombard-South station, but the man, after being questioned by the cashier about his activities, left before officers arrived.
  • England village covers Google lens

    09/13/2009 10:09:31 AM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies · 1,623+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | September 13, 2009 | By Henry Chu
    Reporting from Broughton, England - The good folk of Broughton don't take kindly to being photographed without permission. Just ask Google. When the search-engine giant sent one of its specially equipped cars to take pictures of the village for its Street View feature, residents swung into action. They stopped the car in its tracks, called the police and quizzed the bewildered driver for nearly two hours before letting him go. "I don't think this guy anticipated how angry people would get," said Edward Butler-Ellis, 28. "We didn't stand there with pitchforks or anything and block the road with bales of...
  • 3 Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Highly Sensitive U.S. Technology to China

    08/05/2009 1:40:48 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 1,019+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 4, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    LOS ANGELES—In two separate cases, three men have been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to transport sensitive and advanced U.S. technology to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Two men were sentenced yesterday, and another man linked to one of the schemes was sentenced last week to five years in prison. William Chi-Wai Tsu, 61, a Beijing resident, was sentenced yesterday to 40 months imprisonment for his role in exporting high-tech integrated circuits with military applications to the PRC. In a separate case, Tah Wei Chao, 53, of Beijing, was sentenced yesterday to 20 months imprisonment after pleading guilty...
  • Louisiana: Speed Camera Company Runs Litter Camera Program

    08/04/2009 6:26:01 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 8 replies · 904+ views
    thenewspaper.com ^ | 07/23/09 | newspaper
    Speed camera maker sets up program allowing Baton Rouge, Louisiana to issue $167 automated litter tickets. Speed camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) next month will use its automated ticketing expertise to run a litter camera program for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under first-of-its-kind initiative, city workers will drive around photographing neighborhoods with special cameras hooked into a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite tracking device. The workers will be looking to capture homes that might have litter, weeds or trash on their lawn so that a hefty fine can be imposed. "The mayor's office has put together a new enforcement program...
  • Red light cameras may get shut off [company that runs them in debt]

    07/24/2009 7:00:19 PM PDT · by lainie · 21 replies · 996+ views
    KABC ^ | 7-24-2009 | Carlos Granda
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Most public officials like red light cameras, but many motorists do not. The city of Los Angeles is concerned it could lose these high-tech "speed catchers" because of one company's financial woes. The red light cameras are scattered at intersections all over Southern California, but the company that runs them is also in the red. "For this particular company, our information is they're $33 million in debt. That's a major problem," said L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine. The company, Nestor Traffic Systems out of Rhode Island, filed for receivership in June.
  • Devices that warn drivers of traffic cameras draw police ire (DC Area)

    07/07/2009 7:01:26 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 34 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2009 | Washington Examiner Staff Writer
    Area drivers looking to outwit police speed cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras. That has irked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who promised her officers would pick up their game to counteract the devices, which can also help drivers dodge sobriety checkpoints. "I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives." (snip) Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005...
  • Red light cameras now check for insurance, too

    07/02/2009 6:23:39 PM PDT · by optiguy · 103 replies · 1,938+ views
    AOL ^ | Jun 29th 2009 | Tom Barlow
    Red light cameras now check for insurance, tooDrive without insurance? Then you'd better stay out of Ohio, where the state is considering a program that uses red-light cameras and insurance company databases to check passing traffic for uninsured motorists. The system would use license plate numbers to verify driver insurance. According to the Columbus Dispatch, officials in Chicago, who are considering the same system, from InsureNet of Novi, Michigan, think that such a program could generate $200 million in additional revenue for the Windy City. When the system identifies an uninsured motorist, the driver would be sent a letter instructing...
  • Photographic Fraud (Thomas Sowell)

    05/18/2009 9:03:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,641+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 19, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The media have an obvious vested interest in constantly urging that cameras be allowed in more places where governmental decisions are being made, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Like so many things that are said to be good for the public, this is something that would be good only for its advocates — and harmful to the process of making decisions in the public interest, as distinguished from providing a forum for grandstanding. The adage that "seeing is believing" should be a warning. What you see in politics is what politicians want you to see. You believe...
  • Obama’s Potemkin Military Reception=No Scandal-..were pre-screened,asked ...“Who voted for Obama?”

    04/12/2009 10:07:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 169 replies · 8,932+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4-11-09
    “Cheered wildly by U.S. troops,” begins Jennifer Democratic Operative Loven’s AP report on Obama’s surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday. Quite a contrast to the silent treatment Marines gave Obama at his Camp LeJeune speech in late February. Just how did Obama manage to fix that little problem? According to a sergeant in Iraq : *****We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up. [Via Macsmind.]**** As supporting evidence for...
  • Schools put 'Big Brother' CCTV cameras in classrooms to monitor teachers' performance[UK]

    03/04/2009 12:51:28 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 366+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 04 Mar 2009 | Laura Clark
    Schools are installing CCTV cameras and microphones in classrooms to spy on teachers. The surveillance technology is being used to check that pupils are being taught well and to expose poor teachers. But the approach has provoked fury among teaching unions, who say the tactics smack of Big Brother. Under the system, special training classrooms have been equipped with 360-degree cameras and five microphones. Some cameras are so powerful they can pick up what pupils are writing in their exercise books or what's on their computer screens. Teachers can be given live feedback from senior staff through a concealed earpiece....
  • Ohio: Anti-Camera Voter Referendum Push Expands

    11/13/2008 7:55:03 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 16 replies · 549+ views
    thenewspaper.com ^ | 11/13/08 | thenewspaper.com
    Voters in Toledo and Chillicothe, Ohio now want the chance to ban red light cameras. Following this week's successful voter referendum banning photo enforcement in Cincinnati, residents in two more Ohio cities are looking to oust red light cameras and speed cameras. The sponsors of the Cincinnati initiativeare now exploring the possibility of putting ticket cameras on the ballot in Toledo. In Chillicothe, more than 17 percent of the city's 13,000 registered voters has already signed a growing online petition demanding camera removal (view petition). "The undersigned will take action to elect new city council members therefore removing all those...
  • German police seek speeding British Muppet

    10/28/2008 6:41:32 AM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 40 replies · 1,068+ views
    Daily Star News ^ | Sunday, October 26, 2008 | Andy Lea
    German traffic police have been left looking like proper muppets by a British prankster. An Audi TT with British registration plates has been repeatedly caught speeding on roads in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth. But because continental speed cameras are set up for left-hand drive vehicles, the cameras keep missing the driver’s face. Instead, they keep capturing clear views of a manic Muppet-like toy which the cheeky Brit has propped up on his passenger seat. But police admit they are even baffled about the identity of the muppet.
  • Paris to quadruple number of CCTV cameras

    10/20/2008 11:28:10 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 280+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Oct 2008 | Henry Samuel
    Paris will quadruple the number of closed-circuit police cameras in its streets by the end of next year, after President Nicolas Sarkozy's promise to emulate London in an attempt to track crime and terrorism threats. While the Paris metro and rail networks already operate around 9,500 CCTV devices, police have only 330 at their disposal to survey outside public areas. The new plan, dubbed "A Thousand Cameras for Paris", will raise that number to more than 1,200 – with most installed in high-risk areas and outside railway and underground stations. The figure is still small compared with London, where each...
  • We could all be tracked-Cops test license-plate cameras that store, trace data[OR]

    10/11/2008 9:14:12 AM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 751+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | Jim Redden
    Portland police are testing a high-tech camera system that rivals anything in a science fiction movie. It can reach back in time and track your movements across the city — and even produce photos of your previous locations. But — while some are raising Big Brother civil liberties questions about the concept — the police promise they will only use it to solve crimes, like finding stolen cars or locating wanted criminals. The system features a series of cameras that mount on patrol cars that automatically read and photograph the license plates of all passing vehicles — including those parked...
  • More than 60 percent of red-light camera violations tossed out

    09/30/2008 9:02:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 978+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 30, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    Denver's red-light cameras were anything but picture perfect in their first month of operation. More than 60 percent of the 2,545 suspected red-light violations caught on camera ...have been tossed out. The reasons vary, but police said that most of the citations were rejected because the "threshold speed" that helps trigger the cameras was set too low, generating hundreds of false readings. "The cameras fired, but the picture clearly showed all of the vehicles in compliance," ... Since then, the threshold speed was reset ... In Denver, police officials expect the city's $838,800 red-light camera system to perform more smoothly...
  • Revealed: The CCTV cameras spying on hundreds of classrooms[UK]

    08/19/2008 11:16:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 145+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 Aug 2008 | Olinka Koster
    CCTV monitors classrooms at one in 14 schools, according to a survey. The poll of teachers also found that almost a quarter feared there might be more cameras hidden around the campus that they did not know about. Most said their schools were fitted with surveillance cameras. Almost 80 per cent said there were cameras at the entrance and more than 7 per cent said there were some in classrooms. Nearly 10 per cent of teachers polled by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there were cameras in the lavatories.  Big brother is watching you: One in 14 schools...
  • Speed Trap And Red Light Camera Locations Have Nowhere To Hide

    07/24/2008 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 40 replies · 172+ views
    GPS Daily ^ | Jul 24, 2008 | Staff Writers
    Njection.com has added several new features allowing visitors to view where Red Light Cameras, Speed Detection Cameras and Speed Traps are located anywhere in the world. Njection.com uses Microsoft Virtual Earth Map Controls to display the location of Speed Traps and Red Light Cameras worldwide. Users with an Internet connection can view, contribute and rate where these speed traps are located. In addition, a heat map can be displayed showing what time of day those areas are monitored and will display them visually on the map when those areas are monitored. The map displays a color-coded system for better readability....
  • Smile! More and more, you’re on camera

    06/25/2008 3:05:45 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 9 replies · 120+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/25/08 | Alex Johnson
    Public surveillance video mushrooms despite lack of evidence it works After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, local governments across the country set aside concerns over privacy and installed surveillance cameras in public streets and plazas. Now — even after a damning report by the head of London’s extensive surveillance network and with little evidence that the systems work — police in many cities are trying to add thousands more cameras to their networks. “‘Cameras Everywhere’ continues to be the best description of the trend in the video surveillance market,” security market analysts J.P. Freeman Co. said in a...
  • Hi-tech face recognition cameras used in Budgens to spot underage drinkers[UK]

    05/13/2008 2:55:30 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 69+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 May 2008 | Daily Mail
    Underage drinkers who attempt to buy alcohol may be thwarted by the technology that police use to identify suspected criminals. A supermarket chain is introducing face recognition cameras to prevent staff mistakenly selling cigarettes and alcohol to under-18s. Face recognition: Will be used to stop underage drinkers buying alcohol The biometric technology is being piloted by Budgens at one of its London branches. If successful, it could be rolled out across the country to create a database of youngsters who try to buy alcohol. The system alerts a cashier if it 'recognises' someone who has previously been unable to prove...
  • PHOTO 'SHOOT'-PISTOL CAM URGED FOR NYPD COPS

    05/05/2008 7:49:19 AM PDT · by BGHater · 58 replies · 151+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 05 May 2008 | LEONARD GREENE
    <p>The makers of a small, digital camera that attaches to the barrel of a gun say the device would have ended any dispute about what happened in the Sean Bell shooting.</p> <p>Now, a former Bronx homicide prosecutor who helped develop the Pistol Cam wants the NYPD to consider putting the audio and video gadget on its service weapons.</p>
  • Goodell says he will approach Walsh material with open mind[New England Patriots]

    04/24/2008 4:05:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 83+ views
    AP ^ | 24 Apr 2008 | DAVE GOLDBERG
    Roger Goodell is fully prepared to crack down again on the New England Patriots if his meeting with Matt Walsh uncovers a tape made of the St. Louis Rams’ final walkthrough practice before the 2002 Super Bowl. “Taping a walkthrough is much different from what I punished them for,” the NFL commissioner said Thursday at a meeting of a group representing the Associated Press Sports Editors. After more than two months of negotiations, lawyers for the league and Walsh, the former New England employee, finally reached agreement Wednesday on terms that will allow him to talk Goodell. They include an...
  • 2 Arrested With Infrared Cameras at LAX

    04/05/2008 2:11:52 PM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 181+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April5, 2008 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said. Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing. The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested...
  • Md. House Passes Speed Camera Bill

    03/21/2008 6:03:37 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 34 replies · 535+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2008 | Philip Rucker
    The Maryland House of Delegates voted 90 to 45 yesterday to pass the governor's speed cameras legislation, allowing police departments to install roadside cameras to ticket speeding motorists in work areas, school zones and residential neighborhoods across the state. The Senate has passed a similar bill. If the two chambers agree on a final version, Maryland would join the District in using cameras to enforce speed limits. In Maryland, speed cameras are legal only in Montgomery County. The legislation would allow the state's 23 other jurisdictions to use the technology.(snip) The speed camera bill, which was proposed by Gov. Martin...
  • Red-light Cameras Increase Crashes, Florida Researchers Find

    03/12/2008 6:42:23 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 903+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-12-2008 | University of South Florida Health.
    Red-light Cameras Increase Crashes, Florida Researchers FindRather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. (Credit: iStockphoto/Sue Smith) ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2008) — Rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher auto insurance premiums, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. The effective remedy to red-light running uses engineering solutions to improve intersection safety, which is particularly important to Florida’s elderly drivers, the researchers recommend. “The rigorous studies clearly show red-light cameras don’t work,”...
  • KEEPING AN 'EYE' ON PARK CRIMES(Cameras in NYC)

    02/11/2008 5:37:29 PM PST · by kellynla · 1 replies · 100+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | February 11, 2008 | RICH CALDER
    Big Brother may soon be watching - at your local playground. NYPD and Parks Department officials say it's only a matter of time before parks throughout the city are equipped with crime-fighting surveillance cameras - as many other parts of the city currently are. "It's not a matter of if we are going to use the technology but when we are going to use this technology," Deputy Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey said during a recent City Council hearing on park safety. Jeffrey said the key issues are finding funding and the best technology available to guarantee prosecution. The comments came...
  • Police Go Live Monitoring D.C. Crime Cameras

    02/11/2008 5:33:38 PM PST · by kellynla · 7 replies · 123+ views
    wasingtonpost.com ^ | February 11, 2008 | Allison Klein
    D.C. police are now watching live images from dozens of surveillance cameras posted in high-crime parts of the city, hoping to respond faster to shootings, robberies and other offenses and catch suspects before they get away. Since August 2006, the city has installed 73 cameras across the city, mostly on utility poles, at a cost of about $4 million. But until recently, officers were using them mainly as an investigative tool -- checking the recordings after crimes were committed in hopes of turning up leads and evidence. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she thought the department wasn't making the...
  • Great Britain: New super-cameras will mean no hiding place for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phone

    12/28/2007 5:46:26 PM PST · by Stoat · 101 replies · 429+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 28, 2007 | RAY MASSEY
    New super-cameras will mean no hiding place for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phoneBy RAY MASSEY - More by this author » Last updated at 01:05am on 29th December 2007  Digital speed cameras which capture drivers smoking or eating at the wheel are being introduced nationwide in a new move to hammer motorists.  Drivers will also face fines, bans and even jail for infringements such as driving without a seatbelt, using a hand-held mobile phone or overtaking across double white lines. The hi-tech DVD cameras, which have instant playback, will also be used to provide photographic evidence...
  • Surveillance Society: New High-Tech Cameras Are Watching You

    12/21/2007 6:03:26 PM PST · by BGHater · 127 replies · 438+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 2008 Issue | James Vlahos
    <p>In the era of computer-controlled surveillance, your every move could be captured by cameras, whether you're shopping in the grocery store or driving on the freeway. Proponents say it will keep us safe, but at what cost?</p> <p>The ferry arrived, the gangway went down and 7-year-old Emma Powell rushed toward the Statue of Liberty. She climbed onto the grass around the star-shaped foundation. She put on a green foam crown with seven protruding rays. Turning so that her body was oriented just like Lady Liberty's, Emma extended her right arm skyward with an imaginary torch. I snapped a picture. Then I took my niece's hand, and we went off to buy some pretzels.</p>
  • NYC mayor: Surveillance a city necessity

    10/01/2007 9:10:33 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 76 replies · 237+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/1/2007 | JILL LAWLESS
    LONDON - Residents of big cities like New York and London must accept that they are under constant watch by video cameras, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. Bloomberg, holding talks with his London counterpart Ken Livingstone, said such measures as London's "ring of steel" — a network of closed-circuit cameras that monitors the city center_ were a necessary protection in a dangerous world. "In this day and age, if you think that cameras aren't watching you all the time, you are very naive," Bloomberg told reporters at London's City Hall. "We are under surveillance all the time" from...
  • Getting Ready to Shutterbug Taggers, Vandals(Press 1 for English. LOL)

    09/20/2007 5:34:34 PM PDT · by kellynla · 91+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 20, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta
    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Gabriel Ahedo believes that the city's installation of lunch-box-sized security cameras over the last six years has discouraged graffiti and illegal dumping. One location, Cohasset Street and Radford Avenue in North Hollywood, saw a sharp decrease in graffiti thanks to the camera, which plays a recorded warning -- "Stop! It is illegal to vandalize this area. . . . Leave now" -- in addition to taking photographs triggered by a motion detector, Ahedo said. "It's made the area a lot safer and seems to deter taggers," he said. City officials eager to show their support for...
  • Police arrest intruders near fallen bridge, boost security

    08/08/2007 1:58:17 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 595+ views
    CNN ^ | 08 Aug 2007 | CNN
    Security is being beefed up at the site of last week's bridge collapse after 16 people were arrested for trespassing and hindering the investigation, Minneapolis police said Wednesday. Authorities are adding cameras, motion detectors and other technology that will alert police to intruders, Capt. Mike Martin told reporters during a news conference. "The most important part is: Maintain the honor and the dignity (of the scene)," Martin said. He said the state Department of Transportation is assuming control of security in the area, which is considered a death-scene investigation site. Five people are confirmed dead in the collapse of the...
  • Filmmakers and photographers troubled by proposed rules for using cameras in New York City

    08/03/2007 7:04:34 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 413+ views
    AP ^ | 01 Aug 2007 | David B. Caruso
    Filmmakers, photographers and civil liberties advocates are protesting proposed rules that would require permits and $1 million insurance policies for people trying to film or take pictures in one of the world's most photographed cities. New regulations drafted by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting would require a permit for any type of filming or photography that involved “an interaction among two or more people at a single site for 30 or more minutes.” Permits would also be required for five or more people using a tripod for more than 10 minutes. The rules would be nothing new...
  • A hundred cameras will soon monitor cars moving through Lower Manhattan;

    07/08/2007 3:32:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 580+ views
    drudge ^ | July 8, 2007 | Drudge
    A hundred cameras will soon monitor cars moving through Lower Manhattan; beginning phase of London-style surveillance system... Developing... That's it. No siren.
  • Britons beginning to accept Big Brotherish surveillance

    07/01/2007 6:51:59 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 27 replies · 636+ views
    philly.com ^ | 07/01/07 | Paisley Dodds
    LONDON - In a bunker beneath London's bustling Piccadilly Circus, guards monitoring a grid of closed-circuit televisions spot something unusual. A suspicious package has been left behind amid the crush of tourists. Moments later, a Hare Krishna picks up the abandoned cooler, which is filled with religious documents - not a bomb. Civil libertarians warn of the damage to personal privacy. But polls show broad public acceptance, even if the cameras more often capture a couple in loving embrace than a terrorist about to wreak havoc. Britain has more than four million closed-circuit security cameras, more than any other Western...
  • Brits trade privacy for security with millions of surveillance cameras

    06/04/2007 1:45:03 PM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 520+ views
    AP ^ | 03 June 2007 | AP
    LONDON -- In a bunker beneath London's bustling Piccadilly Circus, guards monitoring a grid of closed-circuit televisions spot something unusual. A suspicious package has been left behind amid the crush of tourists. Moments later, a Hare Krishna picks up the abandoned cooler, which is filled with religious documents _ not a bomb. Civil libertarians warn of the damage to personal privacy. But polls show broad public acceptance, even if the cameras more often capture a couple in loving embrace than a terrorist about to wreak havoc. Britain has more than 4 million closed-circuit security cameras, more than any other Western...
  • Big Brother Barks: Govt unveils shouting CCTV cameras

    04/04/2007 8:29:31 PM PDT · by Cicero · 21 replies · 619+ views
    Talking" closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras which allow operators to shout at people behaving badly are to be installed across England, the government announced Wednesday. The scheme lets local council workers in a control centre monitor pictures from the cameras and talk to them if they feel they are doing something wrong. The cameras were piloted in Middlesbrough, north-east England, where they have been used to reprimand vandals and litter bugs, but now loudspeakers are being fitted to cameras in another 20 areas. Britain has some 4.2 million CCTV cameras and the government's privacy watchdog, Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, warned last...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Police Commission OKs more cameras -- 25 at 8 locations

    01/18/2007 1:05:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 394+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/18/7 | Demian Bulwa
    The San Francisco Police Commission on Wednesday night approved Mayor Gavin Newsom's request to add surveillance cameras at eight additional high-crime street corners. The 25 new cameras will be added to the 33 already in place at 14 locations. After a four-hour City Hall hearing that drew more than 100 people, the commission voted 5-0 to approve the cameras, with two members absent. Members, though, conceded that they do not yet know whether the anti-crime cameras are effective. They expressed disappointment that the mayor's office had not provided more information about whether the existing cameras have deterred crime. "I'm willing...
  • Loop 101 (Scottsdale, AZ)speed case on 147 mph ticket settled

    12/05/2006 5:21:08 AM PST · by radar101 · 22 replies · 929+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 5 DEC 2006 | Mike Sakal,
    December 5, 2006 A Loop 101 photo enforcement case that captured national attention and called into question the accuracy of Scottsdale’s freeway speed cameras won’t ever get its day in court. Scottsdale and the man accused of traveling a record 147 mph in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata family sedan reached a plea agreement less than a week before the case was to go to trial today. Lawrence Pargo, 27, of Goodyear, agreed to plead guilty to one count of criminal endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of excessive speeding at 102 mph in Scottsdale City Court, according...
  • Cameras Capturing License Plates On Toll Roads

    12/01/2006 6:21:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies · 1,096+ views
    KXAN-TV ^ | November 29, 2006 | KXAN-TV
    As TxDOT monitors weather conditions to determine whether to put crews on standby, it has new considerations this winter. De-icing roads in any inclement weather now includes more than 20 miles of new toll roads, much of which is elevated. "We're interested in seeing how drivers react to icy conditions on these new sets of roads. We're keeping an eye on how driving patterns are in bad weather," Marcus Cooper with TxDOT said. TxDOT'S Central District office will be checking weather conditions in an 11-county area around Austin. Speaking of toll roads, people who are driving on sections of the...
  • Big brother is listening to you

    11/20/2006 6:50:43 PM PST · by annie laurie · 33 replies · 904+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 18 November 2006
    REVELLERS planning a night out in the Netherlands this weekend should keep their voices down. To prevent fights breaking out, surveillance cameras in the city of Groningen have been adapted to listen out for voices raised in anger. Microphones attached to the cameras feed the sound signals to software that can detect voices that are aggressive in tone. "Aggressive people tend to tense their larynx, and the sound made by their vocal cords is distorted," says Peter van Hengel of developer Sound Intelligence, a spin-off of the University of Groningen. This means that high frequency vowel sounds span a broader...
  • Burglar breaks into home that has 5 security cameras (Arizona's Dumbest Criminal)

    10/27/2006 10:36:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 920+ views
    KVOA Tucson Channel 4 News ^ | Erica Heartquist
    "I'm just a regular guy- an ‘Average Joe' trying to get along in life and I don't want anybody taking my stuff or my kids stuff for that matter." A Tucson burglar made a bad career move... when he broke into the home of a Tucson security specialist... with cameras rigged up all over his house. Dan Standage is legally blind, and when he's away... his security cameras keep an eye on the home front. His vigilance paid off this week... when his cameras clearly caught a burglar poking around his home. The video speaks for itself. It shows a...
  • Surveillance cameras going up in downtown Dallas

    10/03/2006 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 18 replies · 520+ views
    They are meant to reduce crime by helping police spot problems. By the end of the year, 40 cameras will cover 31 locations in the area. It's part of a plan first announced in January by Dallas Police. Grant money will cover the 840-thousand dollar price tag for the cameras. Police will monitor the cameras from their headquarters and City Hall. Some residents feel apprehensive about the surveillance, seeing it as an invasion of privacy. But others say the cameras could help curb petty crime and random violence.
  • Red-light cameras allow lucky turns About 300 citations are thrown out because of a loophole

    09/21/2006 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-21-06 | ALEXIS GRANT
    Hundreds of drivers who ran red lights while making turns at intersections newly monitored by cameras have not been issued tickets because of a loophole in the photo-enforcement ordinance. "The way the current city ordinance is written, turns are excluded, even if they are illegal turns," said Houston police Sgt. Michael Muench. Traffic officers reviewed more than 1,000 violations caught on camera during the first two weeks of the program, the police department reported. A third were thrown out, many because the driver was making a right or left turn while running the light, Muench said. Muench was unable to...
  • Speeding motorist tried to blow up camera

    08/11/2006 5:31:14 AM PDT · by PDR · 54 replies · 955+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | August 11, 2006 | CHRIS BROOKE
    A desperate motorist tried to escape a speeding fine by blowing up the roadside camera which snapped him, a court heard on Wednesday. Engineer Craig Moore, 28, took the drastic action because he feared he would lose his job as a result of the ticket. He returned to the roadside camera in the Manchester area and used explosive material, once used to make bombs and now common in the welding industry, to destroy the device. But the motorist didn't realise his actions were recorded by the camera itself. It is understood that pictures recovered from the camera hard disk show...
  • Say Cheese, You Sleaze!

    07/09/2006 12:28:27 PM PDT · by jamesm113 · 27 replies · 1,364+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 24, 2006 | JENNIFER FERMINO and JEREMY OLSHAN
    June 24, 2006 -- Camera phones are becoming the frontline defense for women to stop subway perverts in their tracks, experts say. Self-defense pros say the power to humiliate flashers and gropers by exposing their overexposure with a snapshot is an even more powerful weapon for women than a can of Mace or kick in the groin. "The simplest thing that someone can actually do with zero training is to employ public humiliation," said Rudy Zadwarny, 50, who teaches martial arts and women's self-defense. "These guys try to do it when they think no one knows it." To those ends,...
  • Cameras cast spying eyes with almost no oversight

    06/26/2006 10:26:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies · 967+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | 6/26/6 | LISA HOFFMAN
    In an unprecedented proliferation of public spying, government is casting its watchful eye on millions of ordinary Americans through largely unregulated surveillance cameras trained on public spaces throughout the nation. A Scripps Howard News Service tally found that at least 200 towns and cities in 37 states now employ video cameras - or are in the process of doing so - to watch sidewalks, parks, schools, buses, buildings and similar community locales. That number excludes the approximately 110 other municipalities, including Knoxville, that use traffic cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners. But despite their proliferation and potential for altering...
  • 'Shutter Lag' Nags Digital Photographers

    06/23/2006 12:34:09 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 182 replies · 4,419+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/5/2006 | William Bulkeley
    Glenn Maxwell vividly recalls the only whale-watching cruise he ever took, two years ago off Puerto Vallarta. As waves rocked the boat, he says, scores of the giant mammals leapt clear of the water. Alas, Maxwell's memories of his Mexican adventure are better than his snapshots. Knowing a photo opportunity when he saw one, the Detroit computer programmer took dozens of pictures with his $500 Olympus digital camera. But each time he pressed the button, the camera paused, the whale flopped back in the ocean, and, Maxwell says, "I only got sky or sea."