Fifty new police cameras to be installed across Merseyside

Wirral Globe: Fifty new police cameras to be installed across Merseyside Fifty new police cameras to be installed across Merseyside

AN EXTRA fifty police camera sites are to be introduced across Merseyside as the new Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit launches a crackdown on travelling criminals using the county's roads and motorways.

The network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be paid for by selling cars and other vehicles seized from criminals proved to have been bought using proceeds from crime.

Chief Superintendent Mark Harrison said: "ANPR is a vital tool in our fight against serious and organised crime.

"Expanding it will increase our capability, and that of other law enforcement agencies here in the Northwest, to identify how criminals are travelling around, where they are going and what they are doing.

"Ultimately, this will lead to more criminals being arrested, stolen vehicles and illegal commodities being seized and serious crime being reduced in our neighbourhoods."

Chief Supt Harrison added: "It is satisfying knowing that these extra cameras and camera sites will be paid for by the criminals we are catching.

"We will be selling vehicles and other property that we seize from criminals using Proceeds of Crime legislation and ploughing that money back into crime-fighting.

"I am sure the public will see this as a good thing and I would like to assure law-abiding people that they have nothing to fear from these cameras.

"They do not monitor speed, they simply check the number plate against a database.

"It is the criminals using our road networks to carry out crime that should really be worried."

The ANPR system works by automatically reading the registration of every vehicle that passes through it.

The registration is then checked against a range of databases, including the Police National Computer, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and local police intelligence systems.

Officers can then instantly tell if the vehicle is of interest to police - for instance if it has being stolen or been used in a recent crime - and then take necessary action.

The move to expand the ANPR network follows a recent review of the use of technology and the launch of the strategy in tackling organised crime groups who police say are becoming ever more sophisticated in their methods and diverse in the crimes they commit.

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11:04am Wed 15 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Big Brother is getting bigger and bigger by the day. It wont be long before there are cameras in our TV`s hooked up to a central data base system so we can be spied on in our own homes. God help our youngsters they will be living in George Orwells 1984........cynical maybe but dont forget the Yanks are already at it and I suspect we are not far behind them .
Big Brother is getting bigger and bigger by the day. It wont be long before there are cameras in our TV`s hooked up to a central data base system so we can be spied on in our own homes. God help our youngsters they will be living in George Orwells 1984........cynical maybe but dont forget the Yanks are already at it and I suspect we are not far behind them . Llamedos 1
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11:04am Wed 15 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

There seems to have been some in Woodchurch Road,by Sainsburys for some time. FOI request to WBC couldn't elicit any response,but was advised to contact the Police,I would have thought WBC would have to give permission.
Merseyside's finest hid behind a load of legislation. So it seems the Press get the answers or is this like all large organisations controlled leak?
It seems George Orwell he was 30 years too early!
There seems to have been some in Woodchurch Road,by Sainsburys for some time. FOI request to WBC couldn't elicit any response,but was advised to contact the Police,I would have thought WBC would have to give permission. Merseyside's finest hid behind a load of legislation. So it seems the Press get the answers or is this like all large organisations controlled leak? It seems George Orwell he was 30 years too early! bigfoot
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11:12am Wed 15 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Bigfoot, of course WBC new what the Woodchurch Road cameras were all about. Yet again they lied in reply to an FOI qustion. Of course they would have to have given planning permission.
Bigfoot, of course WBC new what the Woodchurch Road cameras were all about. Yet again they lied in reply to an FOI qustion. Of course they would have to have given planning permission. Llamedos 1
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9:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

benny07 says...

if these new cameras give us all a lot more safety,& pick up on villains &,speeding motorist around town ,& prosicute them, well there well worth having..just what is the problem,??
if these new cameras give us all a lot more safety,& pick up on villains &,speeding motorist around town ,& prosicute them, well there well worth having..just what is the problem,?? benny07
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