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UK: And You Thought CCTV Video Cameras Are There For Security

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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The UK has an incredible amount of CCTVClosed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. video cameras installed all over the island. The Closed-Circuit TeleVision cameras, as everyone has been told, are there to provide safety. Police don't have to patrol the streets on a continuous basis, they just watch the TV screens, and when a crime has been committed they can see who did it. Of course it would have been better if there were cops on the street in the first place, but that costs money, and in today's financial crisis, it isn't going to happen.

But at least we have the CCTVs to provide a degree of security ... right?  Wrong! In fact, many cities that have installed the security cameras are now using the cameras to fine its citizens.

Between 2008 and 2013, 71 areas in the UK used the video cameras to issue 6,661,359 citations generating UK£312,014,707 (US$521,688,590). Not bad... quite sure that paid for the cameras, and then some.

Many of the citations/fines were issued for parking offenses and other minor offenses.

So there you go, CCTVs are just another revenue machine for the government, not there to protect you.

Via: The Newspaper

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