[NetBehaviour] Big Brother is shouting at you.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Sep 25 14:28:33 CEST 2006
Big Brother is shouting at you.
Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too.
Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating
bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts -
from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal
warning: 'We are watching you'.
Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an
experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages
the system, said: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know
that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they
loudly point out what you have just done wrong.
'Most people are so ashamed and embarrassed at being caught they quickly
slink off without further trouble.
'There was one incident when two men started fighting outside a
nightclub. One of the control room operators warned them over the
loudspeakers and they looked up, startled, stopped fighting and
scarpered in opposite directions.
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