FC: We clearly need more spycams: British crooks are evading 'em

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Mar 10 2002 - 21:07:37 PST

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    From: Anonymous User <anonymousat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: British Criminals Learn to Foil Surveillance Cams
    Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 20:13:46 +0000 (UTC)
     From United Press International, available online at:
    'Spy' cameras vs villains in Britain
    By Al Webb
    United Press International
    Published 3/8/2002 3:18 PM
    LONDON, March 8 (UPI) -- Big brother is big business in the battle
    against crime in Britain, but photo-shy villains have developed a bag
    of new tricks to elude the gaze of thousands of surveillance cameras
    that now dot its cities, towns and villages.
    With 1.5 million closed-circuit television systems watching its
    streets, office buildings, schools, shopping centers and roads, Britain
    is one of the most closely monitored nations on the planet, and the
    government is spending another $115 million for more TV eyes.
    But crime is soaring across the country. In London, a city of 8 million
    people, murder is going on at a record pace. Street robbery, the very
    crime that CCTV is supposed to be best at deterring, will reach 50,000
    this year.
    The problem, one exasperated police source told United Press
    International, is that "the TV cameras can't be everywhere. There are
    hundreds of thousands of nooks and crannies left, everywhere you look,
    and this is where criminals are increasingly operating. And when a
    camera shows up, they move elsewhere."
    Many of the villains are adapting. Some are targeting luxury cars on
    the move so that any view a TV camera gets of them is fleeting at best.
    Others conceal their street muggings by grabbing their victims in a
    clinch that, on CCTV, looks like nothing more than a romantic hug.
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