Feeds

Home Office battles to make CCTV useful

No impact on crime, not as pretty as hanging baskets

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Home Office will today impose new police standards to encourage better use of surveillance footage, after its own research revealed that most of the millions of CCTV cameras watching the UK have no impact on crime.

Ministers will also appoint a "CCTV regulator", according to The Daily Telegraph. The job will fall to Andy Rennison, it's reported, the head of the Forensic Science Regulator.

He'll be tasked with implementing the two-year-old National CCTV Strategy, which recommends technical standards, police training and the creation of a central store for digital footage. It also calls for "evidence-based business cases" for investment in CCTV.

Little wonder. In summer a Met report found that for every 1,000 cameras in London, only one crime is solved with the help of CCTV.

Civil liberties groups suggested the government should rethink its CCTV strategy as a result. Today's news however seemingly indicates officals believe police are not making best use of surveillance cameras, which account for three-quarters of the Home Office crime prevention budget.

The Telegraph cites one unnamed source involved in the announcement saying: "Police need to make better use of CCTV evidence - they need a more systematic approach to ID suspects." ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.