An internal police report has raised serious concerns about whether CCTV is being used effectively in the fight against crime.
The document, obtained from Scotland Yard using the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that CCTV footage was used to solve less than one crime for every 1,000 cameras in the Capital.
And that's despite the huge amount of money chucked at CCTV:
Each case helped by the use of CCTV effectively costs £20,000 to detect, Met figures showed.
So, we're caught on CCTV 300 times a day and feel oppressed as a result, huge amounts of money are spent on this lazy policing and it's effectively useless? How very New Labour!
Ah! But that's not even the best bit:
"All the cameras around here are high definition zoom, not being laid down to tape or hard drive. And down the road there are just cameras with live views, so unless someone's actually watching them, they're a complete waste of time".
And even if they are watching them, how useful would that be in court?
Britain has 1 per cent of the world’s population but around 20 per cent of its CCTV cameras - which works out as the equivalent of one for every 14 people.
Yep, even the Chinese don't spy on their population like the Brits!
It costs a bloody fortune, gives the filth another excuse to park at a desk, is useless, isn't implemented properly, doesn't stop crime, has a terrible cost/benefit ratio, will be used to justify even more cost and then there's this little thought:
Nor are cameras much good in getting convictions. Evidence from them is only allowed in court if the images are securely stored and handled, so that there is no possibility that they have been tampered with.
Just remind me again why we're doing this at all?