‘CCTV in all homes’
Mar 24, 2015
Britain’s most senior police officer has urged families and business owners to install CCTV cameras to make it easier to identify burglars. Privacy rights groups say it will make the public “an extension of the police.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe encouraged property owners to make a “stronger effort” to help with criminal investigations.
Families and business owners should plant two CCTV cameras in their homes, Howe says, ideally one high camera to capture the full crime scene and another eye-level camera to capture clear images of criminals’ faces.
“Over the last year as facial recognition software has got better, we can apply the software to the images of burglaries or robberies and we can compare those images with the images we take when we arrest people,” Howe told LBC radio.
LBC presenter Beverly Turner argued burglars could easily smash a lower camera. Howe dismissed the suggestion, suggesting criminals are “disorganized, they don’t think about it.”