AC Privacy Surveillance in London England

AC Privacy Surveillance in London England - July 8, 2005...

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July 8, 2005 TERROR IN LONDON DOW JONES REPORTER April 30, 2007 Watch on the Thames Surveillance Cameras Monitor Much of Daily Life in London, May Help to Identify Bombers By STEVE STECKLOW, JASON SINGER and AARON O. PATRICK Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL July 8, 2005 LONDON -- In tracking down the perpetrators of yesterday's devastating bombings here, the police have a particularly useful tool at hand: the ubiquitous security camera. The British capital has more surveillance cameras monitoring its citizens than any other major city in the world. The highly visible gadgets are posted on the corners of many buildings, on new buses and in every subway station. Since 2003, the license plate of every car driving into central London during weekdays is filmed as part of a program to reduce traffic congestion. London charges a fee to cars and also uses the films to catch and fine cheats. In all, there are at least 500,000 cameras in the city, and one study showed that in a single day a person could expect to be filmed 300 times. Known as CCTV -- for closed-circuit television -- the extensive camera system is relied on by the police to solve and deter crimes and for safety purposes. London's subway system, familiarly known as the Underground or the Tube, has cameras installed near ticket offices, parking lots, on station platforms and in some cases, in train cars. On the network's main Central Line, an east-west trunk that cuts across London and carries 166 million passengers a year, about 500 cameras, installed in 34 stations, feed into a central system. London police have not yet said if any of those cameras captured useful images in yesterday's bombings, which occurred in three separate areas of the subway system; a fourth above-ground attack destroyed a double-decker bus. "Clearly we've had considerable success in the past using closed-circuit television
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COMM 1000345 taught by Professor Mccloud during the Fall '10 term at Mohawk College.

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