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Date: 2008-01-22

CCTV.uk: Ab/schreckung hoch/gespielt

Werden die Briten ihren Enthusiasmus über die Videoüberwachung überdenken müssen? Langsam und zögerlich geben jetzt auch offizielle Stellen Ihre Zweifel bekannt.
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Britische Polizei räumt eklatante Schwächen der Videoüberwachung ein Meldung vorlesen
19.01.2008 11:45

Graeme Gerrard, bei der britischen Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) für Videoüberwachung zuständig, hat bei einer parlamentarischen Anhörung eingeräumt, dass die in Großbritannien schier jeden Meter in Innenstädten überwachenden Kameras Gewaltverbrechen und spontan begangene Straftaten nicht verhindern. Andere Länder seien zwar längst erstaunt, in welchem Ausmaß die Briten durch "Closed Circuit Television" (CCTV) bespitzelt würden, erklärte der Ermittler am Donnerstag im Verfassungsausschuss des House of Lords. Die Abschreckungswirkung sei aber sehr gering. Der Experte der Vereinigung der lokalen Polizeichefs gab zudem zu, dass die Öffentlichkeit über die Effizienz der elektronischen Augen "in die Irre geführt" worden sei.

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(Stefan Krempl) / (jo/c't)

mehr:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/102066

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Cops admit CCTV no use in deterring drunken violence

'Did you see me smack that geezer? Class, wasn't it'
By Joe Fay
Published Thursday 17th January 2008 12:10 GMT

Forests of CCTV cameras in the UK's town centres have failed to have any impact on anti-social behaviour, an ACPO official told the House of Lords Constitution Committee yesterday.

Graeme Gerrard, head of CCTV at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said cameras did a good job deterring crimes like theft, for example in car parks. Such criminals are presumably acting "rationally", he said, and will take cameras and other surveillance kit into account.

But when it comes to making town centres safe after the pubs shut, it seems you'd be better off sending in the Salvation Army.

"Before CCTV can effectively deter people, they need to know the cameras are there. They have got to be thinking about the consequences of their behaviour," he said.

Clearly, drunken youths are, by definition, not going to be thinking rationally, and will happily be taking lumps out of each other, innocent passers by, and street furniture whether they're being watched by their girlfriends, their mates, CCTV, or even Sky TV.

Gerrard insisted that the proliferation of CCTV cameras in public spaces was being driven by local communities, or rather local authorities and other public agencies.

The public was often left disappointed by CCTV's lack if impact on drunkenness and violence, he said. "... it doesn't deter most crime. I think they are perhaps misled in terms of the amount of crime that CCTV might prevent."

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mehr:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/17/cctv_failure/

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