Home CCTV is NOT the Answer to All Crime

By Gary Cutlack on at

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe believes we're nowhere near peak CCTV saturation point yet, suggesting homes and businesses should stick more of them, inside, outside, and everywhere, to capture images of crime.

Sir Hogan-Howe has some tips, too. There's not so much use in putting your cameras in the corner of your office or living room any more. What he wants is eye-level shots of their evil little faces as they unplug the Kinect, discard it, and run off with your Xbox One, as the results of clean facial shots can then be chucked through the police's image recognition tools to match up a mugshot.

Hogan-Howe explained: "Taking the tops of their heads is not that helpful for facial recognition which relies on the eyes and the configuration of the area around the nose and the mouth. So we're trying to get people to, ideally, add another camera at face level."

Perhaps leave your phone charging, on a shelf, with a camera behind it? Seeing as Sir Bernard's solution to crime isn't to stop it himself using his vast resources, but to have us cowering in safe rooms, hoping our expensive CCTV cameras manage to get a clear shot of the burglar currently doing a victory poo on the living room carpet, we can at least try to make his job easier.

Hogan-Howe said: "If anyone who is listening has a business, think about installing a new one -- they're cheap, relatively."

Thanks, Bernard. That's what's known as treating the symptoms, not the cause. Why not try blaming us for having a car stolen because we stupidly left the petrol in it overnight? If we're telling each other how to do their jobs properly, how about you station a man outside the front door of every house in the country, instead of telling us how to combat the mess you lot have made of society? [Telegraph]

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