Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Wonder of CCTV-Surveillance State

So a man is shot dead in Hackney, East London. I suppose he would have been OK had there been CCTV. Except there was CCTV and it did bugger all to save his life. I have heard so many people say that it may not prevent a crime, but it makes detection so much easier. Oh yes?

You don't have to be a genius to dress in a way that will mean you will be unidentifiable on CCTV. Just pull a hood up, maybe wrap a scarf around your face and there you go, incognito.

Tell you what, above is a still of the CCTV footage showing the two suspects doing a runner from the murder scene in Hackney. Would you be able to tell if one was your son? Try describing them to a friend who hasn't seen the still. Would your description help to catch them?

No wonder they now reckon only 1 crime is solved per 1,000 CCTV cameras in London. It's because, as most of us have known all along, they don't work. OK, for the pedants, they do work but are ineffectual.

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