One Crime Solved for Every 1,000 CCTV Cameras

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There are currently more than a million CCTV cameras in London

There are more than a million CCTV cameras in London
Just one crime is solved a year by every 1,000 CCTV cameras in Britain’s largest force area, it was claimed today.
A senior Scotland Yard officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, warned police must do more to head off a crisis in public confidence over the use of surveillance cameras.
DCI Neville said officers need to improve their results to make captured images count against criminals.
He said there are more than a million CCTV cameras in London and the Government has spent £500 million on the crime-fighting equipment.
But he admitted just 1,000 crimes were solved in 2008 using CCTV images as officers fail to make the most of potentially vital evidence.
Writing in an internal report, Mr Neville said people are filmed many times every day and have high expectations when they become victims of crime.
But he suggested the reality is often disappointing as in some cases officers fail to bring criminals to justice even after they are caught on camera and identified.
DCI Neville said CCTV played a role in capturing just eight out of 269 suspected robbers across London in one month.
Critics of Britain’s so-called ”surveillance state” will seize on DCI Neville’s comments as further evidence CCTV is not working in the fight against crime.
The Government is considering whether every camera should be registered on centrally-held CCTV maps.
Earlier this year a Home Office report found camera schemes have a ”modest impact” on reducing crime.
Researchers found cameras were most effective in preventing vehicle thefts and vandalism in car parks.
Some local authorities have been forced to make freedom of information requests to police forces to try and work out if CCTV cameras are effective.
The Metropolitan Police is piloting a scheme, known as Operation Javelin, to improve the use of images from existing cameras.
Staff in 11 boroughs have formed dedicated Visual Images Identification and Detection Offices (VIIDO).
They collect and label images before passing them to a central circulation unit that distributes them to officers, forces and the media.
Some 5,260 images have been viewed so far this year with identification made in more than 1,000 cases.
DCI Neville said the scheme should be expanded to force-wide as officers make the investigation of CCTV evidence as professional as fingerprints and DNA.
David Davis, the former shadow home secretary said it is ”entirely unsurprising” that the report highlights some shortcomings of CCTV.
”It should provoke a major and long overdue rethink on where the Home Office crime prevention budget is being spent,” he said.
”CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.
”The Metropolitan Police has been extraordinarily slow to act to deal with the ineffectiveness of CCTV, something true both in London and across the country.”
Detective Superintendent Michael McNally, who commissioned the report, said improvements in the use of CCTV can be made.
He told Sky News: ”There are some concerns, and that’s why we have a number of projects that are on-going at the moment.
”CCTV, we recognise, is a really important part of investigation and prevention of crime, so how we retrieve that from the individual CCTV pods is really quite important.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ”The Metropolitan Police is currently the only police service to employ this method of CCTV tracking.”

Just one crime is solved a year by every 1,000 CCTV cameras in Britain’s largest force area, it was claimed today.

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CartaSense Helps Monitor Swine Health For Potential Viral Outbreaks

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CartaSense chip

Cartasense is monitoring animals at home and on the range
It won’t help this time around alleviating the swine flu outbreak, but the Israeli company CartaSense has invented a chip to monitor swine health to nab potential viral outbreaks early.

 

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‘Why Cry Baby Analyzer’ Analyzes Why Baby Is Crying

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Why Cry Baby Analyzer

When a new born baby arrives in to the world, the baby’s parents soon learn that they cry for various reasons that often you might not be aware of. This “Why Cry Baby Analyzer” is a monitoring device that sits next to your baby at night and analyizes why the baby is crying.

 

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Ocean Way Monitors

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We all need speakers that are as big as a house

Audiophiles will often scoff at professional sound equipment, saying that it isn’t refined enough for truly high performance. While the ugly duckling Ocean Way HR-2A lacks the fancy wood veneers of many big ticket speakers, I wish all audiophiles could all experience them so they could learn how truly wimpy most fancy audio rigs really are. Continue reading… “Ocean Way Monitors”

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Let Your Unborn Baby Twitter With Kickbee

Let Your Unborn Baby Twitter With Kickbee 

 Kickbee

The womb is no longer a safe-haven from connectivity.  Corey Menscher, wanting to experience the kicks, movements and general in utero activities of his unborn child, developed the Kickbee, a strapped-on set of piezo sensors that monitor the baby and send wireless updates about it to Twitter.

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EQM – The Erectile Quality Monitor

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Below the Belt Quality Control

You may think you have a powerful erection, but how do you know? The Erectile Quality Monitor is here to help.

Here are the instructions.

Once you obtain an erection via your stimuli of choice, simply place the head of the penis against the pressure sensor of the device and apply pressure towards the body for a count of 5 seconds or until the penis inflects (bends)…

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