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Last updated: 06 April, 2007 - Published 14:08 GMT
 
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Talking Cameras to Help Fight Crime
 
Cameras
Cameras in Middlesborough will now talk.
Could this be the answer to Europe's street crime problems?

That believe it or not is a talking CCTV camera. Keeping an eye out for litter dropping and attempting to do something about it.

Attention litter louts!
 Would the gentleman in the padded jacket please retrieve your can from the bench and place it in the bin provided. Thank you.
 
A camera.

It's an idea that's been piloted in the Northern English town of Middlesborough and which has worked so well the government is planning to use them in twenty different parts of the country. Middlesborough councillor Barry Copenger says it works:

Last year a major report by the human rights group Privacy International said Britain and Russia had the heaviest surveillance in the world.

Britain for example has 4.2 million CCTV cameras, or one for every 14 people. Europe Today spoke to Tony Bunyan, director of Statewatch which monitors civil liberties across Europe.

First Broadcast 4th April 2007

 
 
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