Scotland Yard Chief Wants CCTV Cameras in EVERY Home

March 9, 2015   |   S.m. Gibson

SM Gibson
March 9, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) LONDON, UKThe citizens of the United Kingdom are possibly the most surveilled group of people in the history of the world. Forget the NSA’s ever-expanding reach over every form of communication imaginable. We’re talking cameras… everywhere. The City of London is equipped with thousands of them, so is Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and well, like I said before, pretty much everywhere. In a nation of 64 million residents, there is one CCTV camera for every 11 people in the UK.

The British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) estimates there are up to 5.9 million closed-circuit television cameras scattered throughout the UK, including 750,000 in “sensitive locations” such as schools, hospitals and care homes. This statistic was released in 2013 as well. Do you think they decided to halt the expansion of their Orwellian state at any point over the past two years? The safe bet is that these numbers have grown exponentially.

The truly remarkable and almost unfathomable piece of information regarding CCTV cameras in the United Kingdom is that no one really knows how many there are.

Simon Adcock, of the BSIA, said in 2013, “Because there is no single reliable source of data, no number can ever be held as truly accurate. So basically what Simon is saying is that there are so many of these damn things, we lost count a long time ago. It appears the BSIA has guesstimated a number for the purpose of appeasing the general population.

And now for the kicker… There are apparently not enough surveillance cameras to spy on the innocent citizens of the United Kingdom, according to Scotland Yard.

Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, is now urging residents to put CCTV cameras in their homes and businesses. Because safety. It gets better though…

Sir Bernard is encouraging inhabitants to install cameras at eye level, because according to the Scotland Yard chief,

‘Facial recognition software has got better, and we can now apply it to images of burglaries, and then compare them with images we take when we arrest people.

 

‘What we need to be able to do is to be able to compare that photograph with the images we have of people committing a crime.

 

‘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 a camera at face level.

 

‘If anyone listening has a business, think about installing a new one – they’re relatively cheap. If you can’t buy one, could you think about moving it?

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Genuine swill propaganda generated to instill fear in those naive enough to give up their freedom of privacy.

Please forgive the long string of indiscernible text above. My head crashed against the keyboard when I passed out in anger because of the egregious words I was being forced to type.

Sir Bernard wants to encroach on the privacy of the good people of the United Kingdom to such a prodigious level, that he is encouraging them to install video cameras with facial recognition capabilities inside of their most personal of spaces? Wow.

Does the government really need to peer in on our most intimate moments of isolation to keep us secure?

Have we really come to a point in our civilization, in a supposed ‘free society’ mind you, where we put facial recognition equipped cameras in our homes?

No thanks, Sir Bernard.

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  1. Fuck it, just make everyone wear google glass

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  2. Fuck it, just make everyone wear google glass

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  3. Apart from the fact he didn't actually say that, this article is 100% accurate ;p

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  4. Apart from the fact he didn't actually say that, this article is 100% accurate ;p

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  5. Do you know what Closed Circuit means?

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  6. Did you herd about SCOTLAND YARD they want to put cctv cameras in every house they say is to catch up robbers !!!! I think government whant to keep an aye on us what a weirdos if this comes to it we will not have any privacy anymore

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  7. I'll help: It means only the homeowner has access to the cameras and the storage of that recording. If they were to be burglarized they could then bring the tape to police for facial recognition. Blew the incorrect assumption WAY out of fucking proportion on this one.

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  8. I believe "jhbfglnhgnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn" was mark made by the author to remember where to place the citation. However, there is something called Revision which need to be done before posting.

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  9. Cctv means the signals are not publicly broadcast, and so does include surveillance cameras you fuckwit

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  10. Shaun Owen Repeat that in readable English. you fuckwit

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  11. Donna Hayden Can't dispute that. But by the homeowners doing ti themselves i don't see the big deal. Most people probably won't because they don't know how or don't care to. He's also asking. Not telling. This article makes it seem way worse then it is.
    Not to say they don't have an outrageous amount of surveillance there.

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  12. Well at least this tells us where to find the most corrupt crooks in the world!

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  13. "Please forgive the long string of indiscernible text above. My head crashed against the keyboard when I passed out in anger because of the egregious words I was being forced to type."

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  14. "Please forgive the long string of indiscernible text above. My head crashed against the keyboard when I passed out in anger because of the egregious words I was being forced to type."

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  15. "Please forgive the long string of indiscernible text above. My head crashed against the keyboard when I passed out in anger because of the egregious words I was being forced to type."

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  16. CCTV is closed circuit.. it's not public domain.. but authorities can be part of that "circuit" … which would be the case, here.

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  17. CCTV is closed circuit.. it's not public domain.. but authorities can be part of that "circuit" … which would be the case, here.

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  18. I think I'll just put 1 in the bedroom for when my wife and I engage in sex. If you want so much to get into my life then have it all.

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  19. You misunderstood the man. He is not saying install cameras that are monitored by scotland yard day in day out but cameras that YOU can monitor. If there's a burglary, you then hand over footage that you have access, deleting the ones involving your mischief when the wife is not home, then catching the perp becomes easier with facial recognition software. I don't see where the problem is. The problem arises when every UK citizen is TOLD to install a camera that is WIRED STRAIGHT to scotland yard. That …would be insane and downright illegal.

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  20. A $0.25 9mm jacketed hollow point costs a lot less and save taxpayers and insurance companies a lot of money.

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  21. James Sevs Sevening I need something like that.

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  22. Mark Kelcourse What good would a gun do if you're away from your home or asleep?

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  23. Mark Kelcourse Yeah, like we really need guns in the UK. Even the cops dont carry them. We really really dont want them around. Nearly everyone I know is literally petrified of guns.

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