New police tactics in America

#1
No doubt to be copied over here very shortly: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125046098403135197.html

PEORIA, Ill. -- This industrial city, hard hit by the recession, has found a new, low-budget way to fight crime: Park an unmanned, former Brink's truck bristling with video cameras in front of the dwellings of troublemakers.

Police here call it the Armadillo. They say it has restored quiet to some formerly rowdy streets. Neighbors' calls for help have dropped sharply. About half of the truck's targets have fled the neighborhood.

"The truck is meant to be obnoxious and to cause shame," says Peoria Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard.

The Armadillo has helped alleviate problems like drug dealing that can make neighborhoods unlivable.
 
#3
msr said:
No doubt to be copied over here very shortly: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125046098403135197.html

PEORIA, Ill. -- This industrial city, hard hit by the recession, has found a new, low-budget way to fight crime: Park an unmanned, former Brink's truck bristling with video cameras in front of the dwellings of troublemakers.

Police here call it the Armadillo. They say it has restored quiet to some formerly rowdy streets. Neighbors' calls for help have dropped sharply. About half of the truck's targets have fled the neighborhood.

"The truck is meant to be obnoxious and to cause shame," says Peoria Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard.

The Armadillo has helped alleviate problems like drug dealing that can make neighborhoods unlivable.
Very little hope of anything useful like that occurring over here for several reasons:
1)The Yuman Rights/fluffy bunny/bleeding hearts brigade would be up in arms about it.
2)Nowhere near enough money in the budget to provide the number to make it effective in every location it would be needed.
3)The street urchins ignore CCTV anyway or use ways of hiding their identities,and finally:
4)In the unlikely event of a conviction being secured(even more unlikely if the CPS bottles out again)a meaningful sentence is,of course,out of the question.
Or am I just being cynical?
 
#4
Bouillabaisse said:
Never work over here - it would classed as an infringement of the suspect's human rights
Thirteen year olds would just walk over to it, completely trash it/set it on fire.

Then they would be arrested, charged and put before a court (at some point when it was convenient with them and didn't effect their school time, even though they don't attend) where they would be found guilty and given a final warning/formal reprimand/minimal fine.
 
#5
Closet_Jibber said:
Bouillabaisse said:
Never work over here - it would classed as an infringement of the suspect's human rights
Thirteen year olds would just walk over to it, completely trash it/set it on fire.

Then they would be arrested, charged and put before a court (at some point when it was convenient with them and didn't effect their school time, even though they don't attend) where they would be found guilty and given a final warning/formal reprimand/minimal fine.
Depressingly true, or they will encourage wannabe "Gangstas" age under 10 to do it as they know the Law is in their favour.
 
#6
Anyone spot the deliberate mistake?

The Armadillo has helped alleviate problems like drug dealing that can make neighborhoods unlivable.
But

About half of the truck's targets have fled the neighborhood.
In other words it didn't solve the problem at all, just move it on somewhere else.

It's like any other form of surveillance - it's just a means of gathering information.It's sod all use unless somebody acts on that information.
 
#7
There was a scheme somewhere in the UK a few years ago where thieving little scobes who were known to the police to be thieving little scobes got their own personal escort of two uniformed cops following them everywhere like a second skin as soon as they put foot out of doors. Good 'ol Human Rights Concerns put a halt to it as far as I remember.
 
#8
Mr_Deputy said:
Sounds sensible to me. I would like my rights to be protected.
That'll never happen - you are part of the majority, it's only the minorities that need protecting.
 

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