Posted on 05/01/11, filed under News | 1 Comment
It’s a sad sign of the times when the public calls for CCTV surveillance equipment to be installed in a cemetery, although unfortunately this is precisely the situation in Corby in Northamptonshire.
It isn’t just a small number of individuals who feel that the spy gadget equipment would be highly beneficial in the Shire Lodge Cemetery either, as a petition has attracted in excess of seven hundred signatures.
The petition has the backing of local newspaper The Evening Telegraph, who had no choice but to act after heartless vandals destroyed and stole items from graves.
The campaign, was initially set up by 26 year old Rachel Norman, who was utterly disgusted when she visited the grave of her cousin only to find that is had been subject to theft. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated incident, and several more have found themselves subjected to the same heartache.
Victim Angela McInnes explained:
“I want the cameras up there. It was just so raw. At the time you take it personally. You don’t think it’s kids stealing it for a car boot sale or nicking it for mum’s present.
“With the last spate of vandalism I think it will make them aware it has been going on for years.”
In order for the petition to be subject to discussion by Corby Council, it now requires less than 300 more signatures.
Posted on 04/01/11, filed under News | No Comments
Campaigners Big Brother Watch has expressed concern over revelations that the cost of running CCTV cameras in Leeds totalled nearly £4 million over the space of the previous 3 years.
It was revealed that Leeds City Council, who run the surveillance equipment network, came 3rd on the list of the biggest surveillance equipment spenders in the UK, trailing slightly behind Birmingham and Sandwell.
The surveillance equipment- which is funded by the tax payer- consists of nearly 250 cameras, some of which can be used for ANPR.
The enormous expenditure came to light after Big Brother Watch requested to see the figures via the Freedom of Information Act. The report showed that the total consisted of installation, operating and staff costs.
Big Brother Watch were less than impressed by the findings, and raged:
“Public money is being wasted on snooping surveillance that does next to nothing to prevent or solve crime.
“We are being watched more than ever before, and we’re being ripped off into the bargain.”
It doesn’t appear to be all bad news though, as it is thought that the surveillance equipment resulted in over 3,000 arrests between 2008 and 2009 alone.
Posted on 03/01/11, filed under News | No Comments
A heartless conman was recently sent to prison after he was caught on camera entering the home of an elderly man.
Dean Nash, of Manselton, entered a guilty plea to a charge of burglary after surveillance spy equipment which had been specially installed by local police to keep the elderly man safe and to offer peace of mind caught him red-handed.
Unfortunately, Nash’s offence wasn’t the first time that the elderly man had fallen victim to distraction burglary, as earlier in the year he had been targeted by another man who gained entry to his home under false pretences before stealing jewellery.
After this incident, Safer Neath Port Talbot Partnership took the decision to install CCTV surveillance equipment- which is installed in the homes of local residents who are considered vulnerable- and this proved to be the downfall of unscrupulous Nash.
Although Nash did enter the property of the elderly man via distraction tactics, no items were actually stolen on this occasion.
Local police condemned his behaviour, and commented:
“These were appalling crimes against a man aged in his 90s.
“We are pleased we were able to trace and arrest Nash for this offence and shows we will do all we can to bring these offenders to justice.”
Nash was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.