Posted on 20/10/10, filed under News | No Comments
A village in Birmingham is set to benefit from the installation of new CCTV surveillance equipment, in a bid to slash crime and protect the public.
Around £100,000 worth of equipment will be placed on the village’s High Street, and will keep watch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These plans have been somewhat overshadowed by the concerns of some locals though, who are still reeling from the now shelved Project Champion plans- which aimed to keep a very close eye on several predominantly Muslim inhabited areas of Birmingham through ANPR.
However, the new cameras are in no way linked to Project Champion, and are simply being installed to product the retailers and traders as well as the general public.
Local councillor Martin Mullaney explained:
“These cameras are to stop any anti-social behaviour in the centre.
“The businesses have been asking if we could have CCTV.
“We have got the go-ahead for the money and we will now form a steering group which will include local businesses and residents.”
Funding has been provided by Safer Birmingham Partnership, and the surveillance equipment will be monitored by Birmingham City Council.
Cameras are set to go live by March.
Posted on 19/10/10, filed under News | 2 Comments
A teacher in West Virginia in the US has been suspended for 30 days following allegations that she verbally abused kindergarten students.
The situation came to light after a concerned parent smuggled a sound recorder into their son’s classroom, concealing it in his bag. Kathie Crouse had become worried at her son’s behaviour as he was crying every morning when leaving for school and wouldn’t get out of the car when she dropped him off.
She says that on the recording the teacher could be heard calling the students babies. The teacher is also said to have discussed punishments for Crouse’s son as well as mocking the way he cried.
There are a number of different products available that will allow for audio surveillance in different situations. Recording devices come in many different forms and in a case such as this, something of sufficient quality is needed as the recording may eventually constitute some form of evidence if action is taken against the person who has been recorded.
Recording devices can also be disguised as everyday items, such as power adapters, car fob or pens.
Posted on 18/10/10, filed under News | No Comments
A Massachusetts policeman has been fired for sleeping on the job after hidden spy cameras caught him in the act.
The officer also had his internet habits tracked and was found to be spending a lot of time looking for work and housing, as well as watching YouTube.
Referring to the fact that the officer in question frequently lied about his whereabouts when on patrol, the local police chief, Robert Kirmeliwicz, said:
“A lying police officer loses all credibility and integrity and therefore cannot effectively perform his or her job. As the record shows, I have zero tolerance for police corruption within this department. Any violations of public trust will be exposed and dealt with quickly and justly.”
The officer was a patrolman working the night shift and after installing GPS vehicle tracking, it was found that his car was remaining stationary for long periods of time. On the basis of this information, a hidden camera was installed which recorded footage of him sleeping on two different shifts.
With surveillance equipment proving that the officer had lied about his location and slept on the job, it was felt necessary to fire him.