iraq-surveillanceThe men and women employed by the Baghdad Security Surveillance Center are paid to help detect suspicious activity and prevent catastrophe. But more often, the cameras simply provide a way to look at the carnage from a distance. The center, which was started about a year ago, uses different stations to monitor 113 cameras spread throughout the city of Baghdad, as well as officers with radio scanners to help prevent disaster. Yet even with all this only five percent of the city is actually being monitored.

The Director of the security center acknowledged that the center still has a long way to go. As of right now the center is understaffed and not open around the clock. Besides that even though they have 113 cameras in use not all of them are functional at all times. Each work station is responsible for monitoring 10 of the active cameras. Last Wednesday they were able to detect suspicious activity but within 20 seconds of noticing it a bomb exploded killing nearly 100 people.

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When Bristol, England thief Jamie Dawey saw a handbag laying on the seat of an empty car, his worst instincts took over. Little did he know, the Volkswagen Passat he was stealing from was one of Avon and Somerset’s police’s covert capture cars, designed exclthief1usively for catching criminals.

Outfitted with hidden video cameras, the  CCTV images captured were enough evidence to secure a conviction and nine-week jail sentence for drug addict Davey, 27, of Sidmouth Road, Bedminster.

Prosecutor Robert Allen stated that the car was parked at the Templegate NCP car park in Bristol on June 26 at 9:45pm when Davey made his move.

The cameras capture Davey breaking in through the driver’s door and stealing a black leather wallet, silver iPod case, and brown canvas ladies bag worth a total of £65, belonging to the police. He then returned at 2:05am the next day and attempted to break into a Vauxhall Meriva parked next to the Passat.

Davey originally claimed to the court that although the main photo looked like him, it was not, but when the case officially came to court, the suspect changed his tune and admitted theft and interfering with a car in an attempt to steal.thief3

The covert capture car is used all around Bristol to catch criminals. Police officers “bait” the car with items such as satellite navigation systems, handbags, car stereos and mobile phones. Davey is the latest of several hundred arrests since the tactic was introduced in 2006. Metigater Selina Hunt stated that Davey is a heroin and crack addict who has been trying to quit and that the incident was “an opportunist’s crime.”

Magistrates sentenced him to a total of nine weeks in custody for the offenses.

(Via This Is Bristol)

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robberyhambThe safety of a staple of American business is being threatened. As it stands now, fast food restaurants aren’t required to set up security camera equipment. However, robbers use this fact to their advantage and frequently steal from these establishments and now many patrons are afraid to step into these establishments.

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