apr 102013
 

Civil liberties activists in Germany and elsewhere are taking a novel, and militant, approach to CCTV culture. A new game dubbed ‘Camover’ is taking the country’s cities and the internet by storm. The premise? Get a crew, a catchy name, then black-block up and decommission street cameras in whatever inventively destructive fashion you like, from axes to lassoes. Bizarrely, considering the general anti-camera focus of the hi-jinks, the trashings are being filmed and shared on the net – where they [lees verder]

apr 102013
 

Amersfoort wil minstens acht toezichtcamera’s weghalen uit de stad. Onderzoek heeft aangetoond dat cameratoezicht veel geld kost, maar geen merkbaar effect heeft op de beoogde daling van het aantal geweldsmisdrijven. Zelden herkenning De politie vraagt vaak beelden op voor opsporingsdoeleinden na incidenten op straat, maar volgens de onderzoekers leiden de camerabeelden hoogst zelden tot herkenning of identificatie van verdachten. Amersfoort heeft op dit moment 17 camera’s op zeven locaties in de stad. … 21 mrt 2013 2 reacties Find this [lees verder]

nov 022012
 

Caretakers and community workers are the way to improve safety in deprived communities, not more technology Not long ago, I was shown around an award-winning housing estate in east London, which was the proud recipient of a Secured by Design (SBD) award. The housing on the gated estate had small windows, reinforced steel doors and grey, aluminium, military-style roofs. The overall effect was oppressive. High levels of security have come to characterise our public buildings. This is because security has [lees verder]

nov 022012
 

Closed circuit television camera systems in town and city centres have failed to match their anti-crime expectations, according to a report. Professor James Ditton, of the Scottish Centre for Criminology, says the cameras have not lived up to their early promise. After four years of monitoring the monitors, the professor, who led a Scottish Office study into CCTV, has called for an independent watchdog to oversee the use of the technology. The centre of Glasgow alone is screened day and [lees verder]