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Posted on Apr 4, 2007
Street surveillance is taking an alarming turn for the interactive in England. As part of a government plan to target “antisocial” behavior and petty crime, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed around the country with the capacity to talk back to people engaging in unseemly acts in public places.
The scheme lets local council workers in a control centre monitor pictures from the cameras and talk to them if they feel they are doing something wrong.
The cameras were piloted in Middlesbrough, north-east England, where they have been used to reprimand vandals and litter bugs, but now loudspeakers are being fitted to cameras in another 20 areas.
Britain has some 4.2 million CCTV cameras and the government’s privacy watchdog, Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, warned last year that the nation risks “sleep-walking into a surveillance society”.
A CCTV surveillance camera takes in the scene in Nottingham, England.