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London - City of fear
Britain's capital London is one of the city layout, installation of public camera system in the world the most. Almost impossible to escape the surveillance cameras in the city of London.
Starting at the end of the tunnel through the English Channel to go to England, passengers and vehicles more than 50 cameras have been welcomed and followed by 500 cameras in the subway station at King's Cross pick-up inner city. And in the center of London, around 1,500 cameras.
The camera can also be wrong
According to statistics given by the Ministry of Transportation, the parking tickets and traffic penalties is one of London's major revenue sources - up to hundreds of millions of pounds annually. There are less than 1km long street where every day there are nearly 50 cases penalized for wrong parking. Even just a speed camera was installed on the A316 in Hanworth Road, southwest of London has "earned" nearly $ 1.4 million through 16,000 tickets in less than a year since the installation .
According to the British Home Office, the past few years, the crime rate has dropped 32%, stop and arrested more than 600 criminals, recovered hundreds of stolen cars. Security is guaranteed, especially, when the terrorist attack occurred in London in May 7/2005, 3 out of 4 terrorists were television cameras while rehearsing in a subway station.
Ticket number, the number of complaints rose that PATAS (receiving agencies handle complaints about sanctioning traffic) received also increased equally. Per day the agency received nearly 200 complaints. According to the Freedom of Information Act, traffic camera images recorded will be announced publicly and anyone can appeal the decision to sanction.
Gordon Strachan (49) - taxi drivers had 2 wins 5 times the camera after "rushing" into PATAS. Also at A316 route above, a weekend he received a fine attached invoice camera captured images. Senior capital "deal", he discovers scrutiny and, at this angle, the offense can not be encroached lane for him. He won the appeal, but "they seemed puzzling when sending the ticket on weekends, if you are too busy for the next week that the complaint of the time and I could only pay a fine than warm memories."
Mr. Micky Quinn - Director of the taxi firms Gordon Strachan said: Sometimes the authorities did not have to do anything, the traffic problem will be solved automatically. The smart camera is programmed to self-identify as possible flow means to change the time signal properly. In addition, the camera is able to identify license plates violation, send images violate the operating center to print the ticket sent to suffering. That detriment of the driver, because the images, situations sometimes ambiguous controversial ".
"City of Fear"
According to the British press, from now until the end of next year there will be tens of thousands of more cameras have been installed in London and elsewhere, put England into the water with CCTV systems densest. British Police Association is considering this alternative tool for speed humps, installed at each destination and travel in each region, ensuring driving on the roads are within range surveillance.
However, public opinion has opposed the expansion of CCTV system, with reason, that this will lead to a violation of privacy. One representative is famous artist Bansky. He secretly street graffiti large paintings: "The whole nation is under CCTV". This behavior was also recorded by the camera and nearly bit more Bansky must stand trial. Moreover, this plan requires a sizeable budget. By a surveillance camera was installed (including camera, 8m poles, cables, operator) to 31,500 euros costs. In 10 years, 650 million euros were spent to install millions of CCTV.
London density dense camera to the French journalists - Armand Penverne comment is "City of Fear" (City of Fear). The fear and makes people wary of his detention in the box: housing, offices, buses, subways ... with icy expressionless face.