1,000 cameras ‘solve one crime’
Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed. The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals. In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers. David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: “It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent.”
He added: “CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness.
“It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.
This is beyond parody… this is idiocy – I would find it funny … if it wasn’t quite so serious. All those bun eating slackers sitting in warm booths watching us and only 1 crime solved per thousand cameras? LUDICROUS!
I am grateful to fellow tweeter @MrsPBoutique for drawing my attention to this BBC story,