• Short Summary

    RESULTS OF AN EXPERIMENT BY LONDON'S METROPOLITAN POLICE WITH CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION FOR GENERAL POLICING -- AIMED MAINLY AT PICKPOCKETS AND CAR THIEVES AND WITH THE EMPHASIS ON CRIME PREVENTION --SHOW REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

  • Description

    RESULTS OF AN EXPERIMENT BY LONDON'S METROPOLITAN POLICE WITH CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION FOR GENERAL POLICING -- AIMED MAINLY AT PICKPOCKETS AND CAR THIEVES AND WITH THE EMPHASIS ON CRIME PREVENTION --SHOW REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

    DURING THE 12 DAYS OF SECRET OPERATION IN CROYDON, SURREY, THERE WERE ONLY FIVE CASES UNDETECTED IN THESE TYPES OF CRIMES COMPARED WITH THE DAILY AVERAGE OF FIVE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD IN 1966.

    THE SCHEME STARTED IN CROYDON ON MONDAY 18 DECEMBER. THE AREA WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE OF ITS HIGH RATE OF PREVENTABLE CRIME.

    THE SYSTEM IS WORKED FROM A REMOTE CONTROL PANEL AT CROYDON POLICE STATION. FROM THIS PANEL SEVERAL TELEVISION CAMERAS MOUNTED ON HIGH BUILDINGS CAN COVER MAIN SHOPPING STREETS AND CAR PARKS IN AN AREA OF FOUR SQUARE MILES.

    DURING THE OPERATION MORE THAN 30 SUSPECTS WERE STOPPED AND THERE WERE EIGHT ARRESTS. OF THE FIVE UNDETECTED CRIMES TWO WERE INSIDE BUILDINGS, OUT OF FRANCE OF THE CAMERAS, AND THREE TOOK PLACE AFTER DARKNESS.

    ALTHOUGH THE SCHEME IS EXPERIMENTAL THE CAMERAS, EQUIPPED WITH WIPERS TO KEEP THE LENSES CLEAR IN CASE OF RAIN, CAN BE MOVED AND R-ERECTED WITHIN AN HOUR.

    WHEN THE CROYDON SCHEME IS FINISHED THE EXPERIMENT WILL BE CARRIED ON IN OTHER PARTS OF LONDON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1KAY0BE4SZ3HUH54QIBZR6H2Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KAY0BE4SZ3HUH54QIBZR6H2Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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