This week’s security news roundup plays special attention to hidden cameras, and the interesting things they’ve caught in recent weeks; from dancing bears to undercover cabbies.
Norway Prime Minister ‘Undercover Boss’-es His Entire Country
Donning the uniform of a common cabbie, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg got behind the wheel to drive citizens around Oslo in order to hear their views. Hidden cameras showed passengers at first confused, and then excited once they realized who their driver was, before settling into meaningful discussion with their country’s leader. Much like on the TV show Undercover Boss, Stoltenberg got to hear what those without power had to say about his leadership and the general state of things in their home country. While Stoltenberg’s approval rating is already high, the stunt couldn’t have hurt his popularity: no passengers were charged for their rides.
Bear Dance Moves Caught on Hidden Camera
Security cameras are usually good for catching people breaking the law or otherwise misbehaving, but a hidden camera in Alberta, Canada captured footage of a different nature. Set up explicitly to record animals in their native habitat, these hidden cameras recorded bears enjoying a favorite scratching tree, gyrating as if they are trying to bust out some serious dance moves. The footage eventually (inevitably) got the “Harlem Shake” treatment, as well.
French POWs Spied on Nazis with Homemade Hidden Cameras
French prisoners of war held in German camps across the country had a habit of trying to escape. One notorious escape was actually captured on hidden cameras built from parts the soldiers smuggled into the camp. The footage, which recently came to light after the BBC gained access, also shows daily life in the camp and many of the hardships and brutality inflicted by Nazi guards. Sadly, only two of the 126 men who escaped in the breakout captured in the film ever made it back to France.
Hidden Cameras Hope to Capture Legendary Australian Beast
Australia’s Tasmanian tiger has been officially extinct since 1986, but for one man, the creature exists to this day; a belief which he hopes will be validated through the use of hidden cameras. Using motion-activated hidden cameras, Michael Moss has been observing areas of the marshy Gippsland Lakes district in Victoria, Australia. So far, the tiger hasn’t materialized, but Moss’ cameras have captured some fascinating wildlife video; including strange migration patterns of sambar deer. Scientists remain skeptical to the tiger’s existence, but one nearby farmer attributes the vicious death of 2 of his sheep to the beast.
Irish District to Use Hidden Cameras to Catch Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up
“Dog Fouling” is a major problem in Scarva, Northern Ireland, and council members have decided to use hidden cameras to identify dog owners who don’t pick up their dogs’ mess. Large signs proclaim the surveillance in an effort to encourage more responsible behavior, but the CCTV system has been used to identify repeat offenders and publicly charge them the £50-to- £500 ($80 to $800) fine. Dog fouling incidents have declined rapidly since they implemented the plan.