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Eddie Mair | 15:24 UK time, Tuesday, 21 April 2009

We'd like you to count them.


  • 1. At 3:29pm on 21 Apr 2009, Charlie wrote:


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  • 2. At 3:39pm on 21 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    None between home and office but loads at work!

    I am overlooked by one as I sit here Frogging, anyone watching will think I am being really industrious, fingers hammering away at the keyboard!

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  • 3. At 3:44pm on 21 Apr 2009, HoldThemToAccount wrote:

    One in the village car park.
    To keep an eye on the cars of customers of The Fat Duck perhaps.

    BTW - is it just me or is today's newsletter joke incomprehensible?
    I've even tried it in a French accent and a Scottish accent but no luck.

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  • 4. At 3:46pm on 21 Apr 2009, Hesiodos wrote:

    Only one set of traffic lights in this whole county, but CCTV cameras in the towns, the nearest to here being four miles by road, a bit more by river, and a wee bit less by crow...


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  • 5. At 4:05pm on 21 Apr 2009, invincibleoldandwise wrote:

    I don't care how many CCTV cameras there are near me.

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  • 6. At 4:16pm on 21 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:


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  • 7. At 4:26pm on 21 Apr 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Only the one that we've put up in the New Building, so that we can watch on our own tv when the swallows come back to nest. Fine Christmas pres from Eldest :o)

    Apart from that, I'd say, maybe 2, about 4 miles away. Why?

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  • 8. At 4:30pm on 21 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    One, on the front of our house.

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  • 9. At 4:42pm on 21 Apr 2009, HoldThemToAccount wrote:

    In spite of the CCTV in the village car park (see above), a car alarm is currently going off loudly.

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  • 10. At 4:54pm on 21 Apr 2009, Stephen - Leader of STROP wrote:

    HTTA @ 3

    I hate to break it to you but the "pun" is

    Guillo-TINS and Loius CANS (quinze - 15 in french)

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  • 11. At 5:09pm on 21 Apr 2009, HoldThemToAccount wrote:

    Stephen - thank you - I can rest easy now!
    (I plead in my defence that the word is pronounced gee-o-teen in French.)

    I just won a bet that Cameron would come out against the daily allowance proposal. I think we know why...

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  • 12. At 6:05pm on 21 Apr 2009, protist wrote:

    The furore about Google earth street photograpy suggests that surveillance is a real concern. If CCTV is so beneficial to us, why is it clandestine, with cameras disguised as streetlamps and other furniture? If CCTV cameras were required to be painted in day-glo colours, we should all very quickly realise
    how extensively our privacy is violated.
    With facial recognition, and links to personal databases, individuals will be identified and their activities monitored and that will be the end of civil liberty and a free society. But nobody will notice, except the cameras.....

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  • 13. At 6:31pm on 21 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Crikey, he is from Norwich!

    Not to worry as I hardly ever go into the city I am not too worried, I'll just not wear my Speedos, buy a baseball cap and one of those hoody things and all will be ok ...init?

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  • 14. At 6:56pm on 21 Apr 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    Despite being being quite vocal on civil liberties matters, I'm less concerned about CCTV cameras. I understand people's concerns but there are far more important issues. An interesting film was made a couple of years back, "Taking Liberties." A British team made it - but I've forgotten who they are. I think it's available on Amazon and DVD rental etc. The points they made in the film are still relevant. Quite entertaining and informative.

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  • 15. At 7:00pm on 21 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    14 - bzzzzzzz ... repetition of 'being'

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  • 16. At 7:18pm on 21 Apr 2009, Trawling_Voter wrote:

    As a CCTV engineer, among other things, it might be interesting to note that most CCTV footage is never watched, many places that have it don't know how to view it. When it is viewed it is only to watch a specific incident and, if you are in the picture but not involved you will probably be ignored. Many systems, when there is an incident, are found not to be working.

    Don't con yourselves into thinking that anybody is really interested in you unless you break the law, and even then there is a good chance you won't be caught!

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  • 17. At 8:55pm on 21 Apr 2009, Verisimilitude100 wrote:

    When I walk out of my front door 75 metres to the right is a major junction, about 8/10 metres up a poll there are CCTV cameras facing in all four directions. Half a mile down to the sea front and you will find CCTV cameras at regular intervals.

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  • 18. At 9:58pm on 21 Apr 2009, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    I have no idea whether there are any CCTVs in the road on which I live, nor on the road it leads from -- I would expect there is at least one associated with the police-station fifty yards or so away, but can't be certain -- but I'm sure there are dozens in the half-mile of drinking-lounge that used to be a street out of town and has become "the Strip".

    What I would like to know is whether *anyone* knows how many CCTVs there are in any given square mile of England, given that a lot of them are likely to be privately owned, and a lot of them are not obvious.

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  • 19. At 11:14pm on 21 Apr 2009, nextoanidiot wrote:

    When our Lib Dem run council went to apply for the home office grant for CCTV cameras in the town centre, they found that they had spent so long arguing about it, that they were too late too apply! Much to the chagrin of the local constabulary. So the council numptys who had put the kybosh on it, posed in the local press as "preservers of civil liberties". BUT! The other towns within bus range , had got thier's
    up and running. so every cut purse and window smasher headed for our town. So the Chamber of Commerce reared up at them, and told them to get thier act together. Next year, application in, cameras up, and before you can say "cheese", Those same numpty's, are in the press posing in front of the cameras, and patting themselves on the back! Hey Ho!

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  • 20. At 11:26pm on 21 Apr 2009, mittfh wrote:

    heading from work to home, I'm uncertain about the number of cameras. There are a few on our offices themselves, but I never remember to count them.

    There aren't any more heading up to the main road, and there aren't any CCTV cameras on the main road itself (although head a mile downhill and you'll find two overlooking a busy motorway junction). As I head into the town I live, I pass one or two petrol stations, depending on the route I choose. So there's a possibility the CCTV cameras aimed at their customers might pick up my car on the road beyond.

    There are two council run CCTV cameras in town itself - depending on the route I choose I'll pass none, one or two. They're probably early generation ones as the cameras themselves are mounted in a rectangular tube with a mini windscreen wiper over the window into the camera, and the whole is mounted on a tilt and swivel bracket.

    If I headed further into town, I'd pass two smaller versions mounted outside banks. They're aimed at the pavement but would catch a sideways glimpse of my car.

    I also pass several microwave detectors at traffic lights, plus a height detector designed to activate an electronic sign to warn HGV drivers to turn around before they strike a railway bridge...but since there are a few dents in the impact girders either side of the bridge, not every HGV driver has taken notice...

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  • 21. At 00:05am on 22 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    There are 6 inside our (rather small) building at work. Our boss can see them from home and we often pull faces at them!

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  • 22. At 5:05pm on 22 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    As I commute to work by bus and tube to the centre London every work day, I am probably photographed by dozens of CCTV cameras. Most are relatively easy to spot, even the little black nodule type.

    I find it all slightly insideous. It's like we can't be trusted. And as far as crime prevention is concerned, I'm sure I've read that having proper street lighting and measure to tackle social exclusion are both more effective and more cost effective than CCTV in reducing crime.

    ;o) []

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  • 23. At 05:25am on 23 Apr 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    In my local newsagents there is a CCTV screen split into about nine different angled pictures of the shop and entrance. Is this one, or nine cameras viewed on one screen? I think he's a bit paranoid though.

    Anyway, he's always watching the tele, blaring out Friends or some such and ignores the other screen.

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  • 24. At 08:40am on 23 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    I once lived in a block of flats where the landlords had installed dummy cameras which wouldn't have fooled a small child. I have no idea whether they were any more effective at deterrance than the real thing.

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  • 25. At 1:16pm on 23 Apr 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Coming soon to a camera near you:


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  • 26. At 1:34pm on 23 Apr 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Anne (24)

    I agree. Anyway too often the pictures on the 'real' thing are of so poor quality that they are of little use to the police.

    The biggest deterrent in my local news agent is the rubbish blaring out from the constantly in use tele when you want a pint of milk or a news paper, (as a genuine customer). Not that I would ever pinch anything you understand.

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  • 27. At 1:44pm on 23 Apr 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Giulio (25)

    I was able to decipher one of the people speaking. She was French.

    She said, " theze ongeleesh are coming over ere and are alwayze asking for ze fiss and a ship. Zay laughing amd make ze jook of er...my cultierer...and doing ze gauliose ziggarette yu noo...and I don like very much ze football hooliganz, noo not er very much. ma-see

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  • 28. At 1:45pm on 23 Apr 2009, kegtop wrote:

    None, but I do have a streetlight directly outside my house. However this did not someone from stealing my potato crop from the front garden!

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  • 29. At 1:47pm on 23 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Anne P: "dummy cameras" - I think I know someone who has one of those.

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