October 7, 2009

Get Paid To Watch CCTV On The Internet

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 8:23 am

Britain is the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) capital of the world, with more than 4.2 million of the cameras just waiting to snap a video of you doing something wrong. Do they actually work and are they beneficial to the rest of the law abiding citizens? Some will argue that it is a waste of tax payer’s money while others may think that it cuts crime and anti social behaviour. Under a new scheme being introduced in Stratford-upon-Avon tagged ‘Internet Eyes’ members of the public will be paid up to £1000 to watch as many as 4 CCTV cameras and report anything out of the ordinary.

The company behind the scheme want to operate it like a game show where people can win money for reporting crime. The operators want to run it on a point system where you gain points to win money, scoring is as follows:

1 point for a suspected crime

3 points for an actual crime

Points can also be deducted, if the operator decides that it was not a crime.

You will be able to subscribe free and is open to anyone from all over the world. Criticism has already been lodged from civil liberties leaders saying that it will turn Britain in to a ‘snoopers’ paradise. They are worried that this might turn neighbour against neighbour and jam the site with petty things like wrong rubbish is being placed in the wrong bin and if someone has a grudge against another constantly reporting him.

Tony Morgan the man responsible for setting up the website explains that we have over 4 million CCTV cameras and that only around one in every thousand is watched, this project could be the biggest crime prevention scheme ever. He explained that if someone is harassing someone else they will be banned from using the system.

In addition to watching the cameras you will have a ‘rogues’ gallery of criminals along with a list of their offences.

Will this project work? In August an internal report in the Met stated that only 1 in every 1000 crimes in London is being solved, something has to be done. Agreed! However, CCTV cameras falls under the Data Protection Act which states …

Disclosure of images from the CCTV system must also be controlled and consistent with the purpose for which the system was established. For example, if the system is established to help prevent and detect crime it will be appropriate to disclose images to law enforcement agencies where a crime needs to be investigated, but it would not be appropriate to disclose images of identifiable individuals to the media for entertainment purposes or place them on the internet.

We will keep you posted on how this pans out.

4 Comments »

  1. sounds interesting, keep me informed.

    Comment by peter mcclelland — October 10, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  2. I think its a great idea i realy do ,and i would love to do that for living because im on my computer all the time.But if i did something like that i would want to get paid weekly or monthly for it and it would help a lot of people and most likely solve a lot more crimes.
    Thanks for hearing me out all the best jamie fincham

    Comment by jamie fincham — November 8, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

  3. Hi, Interested in yhis scheme sounds very intetesting.

    Comment by Rimon Choudhury — November 29, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  4. Have been a retail Loss Prevention manage and would quiet happily help prevent crime or anti social behaviour happening.

    Comment by Mike Farrell — August 26, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

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