[NetBehaviour] Big Brother is shouting at you.

marc 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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