Could talking security cameras scare off would-be taggers and vandals?

Could talking security cameras scare off would-be taggers and vandals?
Yakama, Washington is using the cameras; security consultant thinks they may work in Vancouver

Dave White VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) | Friday, August 28th, 2009

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – We see security cameras everywhere but how would you react if a camera started talking to you?  Talking security cameras are proving to be successful in the US and the UK so could they be here?

Security consultant Dave Jones with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association says they would likely curb graffiti and petty crime.  “It’s perfect for areas where people aren’t expected to be.  The camera turns on and starts taking a series of pictures.  If it’s just someone walking through then you don’t need to respond but if you see them approaching a wall with a spray can, you know that you have to respond because it’s required.”

Those pictures are rapidly sent to a business owner’s cell phone or e-mail.  The cameras have one more feature to scare off would-be criminals – a verbal message that warns would-be criminals they’re being watched on camera.

Police in Yakima, Washington put someone away for nine months using evidence from the cameras.  They’re also being used in the UK.

But Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer says at $6,000 each, the cameras could prove to be more expensive, adding they’re usually only helpful after a crime has been committed.

See also…

Dave Jones – Capitalist’s Cop

A main contributor to the SSA [Safe Streets Act] was Dave Jones, who now serves as Security Consultant & head of crime prevention for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). Under Jones, the DVBIA hired a private security force from Genesis Security, the ‘Downtown Ambassadors’, to patrol city streets. The DVBIA pays $680,000 a year to maintain it. Jones’ was also the main promoter of removing garbage dumpsters from downtown alleys, saying they are a “source of criminal activity.”

Jones is a former Inspector with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), having retired in 2004. In 1997, he was commander of the downtown district. He is a well-known advisor on crowd control methods, and was present at several large protests, including Genoa & Quebec City. In 1998, he was field commander responsible for deploying the VPD Crowd Control Unit during the ‘Riot at the Hyatt’, when then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien was attending a Liberal Party fundraising dinner. The CCU assault on protesters caused several serious injuries from baton strikes.

Jones was also commander of district 1 when the Woodward’s Squat was underway (2002), a long siege-like process that ended with a platoon of CCU cops moving in to assault & arrest scores of protester-squatters. The squat was, in some ways, the opening round of the fight for social housing in the Downtown Eastside, which would inevitably transition to anti-Olympics resistance.

In January 2008, the Vancouver Police Union launched a legal challenge against the City of Vancouver for its plan to spend nearly $1 million for private security guards from Genesis as part of the ‘Ambassador’ program. In 2007, the VPD had requested funding for 65 new cops, but city council approved hiring only 17. The police union claims the money spent on private security should be used to hire new police officers.

Taken from…

http://www.no2010.com/node/203

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One Response to “Could talking security cameras scare off would-be taggers and vandals?”

  1. […] Could talking security cameras scare off would-be taggers and vandals? Yakama, Washington is using the cameras; security consultant thinks they may work in Vancouver (News 1130, August 28, 2009) […]

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