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Inspector Mark Stokes, from West Midlands Police?s community safety bureau, gained worldwide attention as he spoke about CCTV at the annual conference of the International Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Association

Inspector Mark Stokes, from West Midlands Police?s community safety bureau, gained worldwide attention as he spoke about CCTV at the annual conference of the International Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Association (CPTED – sep-ted), in Calgary. He said: ?It is internationally recognised that the UK has pioneered the use of CCTV cameras to combat crime. Ten per cent of the world?s 25 million CCTV cameras are located in Britain, 50,000 of them in the nation?s town and city centres.? Inspector Stokes told the audience of the ?massive benefits? that CCTV has produced in Britain, for the prevention and detection of crime and in providing what is often unchallengeable evidence for the courts. The presentation attracted much press coverage in Calgary ? a city considering installing CCTV cameras on its streets.

What he thought

He said: ?I was surprised at the media interest, but then in Canada, the USA and most of the countries of Western Europe, public area CCTV cameras are virtually unknown ? largely because of concerns regarding privacy and civil liberties. I set out to explain how such issues are covered in Britain by legislation like the Data Protection and Human Rights Acts. However, the real crux of my address was the value of CCTV to the police as a means of detection. I also talked about the ongoing campaign by West Midlands Police to improve the quality of the pictures produced, both as a means of identification and to improve their evidential quality.? Visit www.west-midlands.police.uk and www.cpted.net. A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design three-day conference runs from July 23 to 25, 2003 at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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