|“Big Brother is Watching You.” ― George Orwell, 1984|
|"Every move you make, every step you take, |
I'll be watching you," ― Sting
We spend billions of pounds in this country monitoring every corner of every city, village and hamlet but all I have ever seen on the local news are grainy shots of grey blobs with hoods stretched over their heads walking away from whatever mayhem they have caused while the voice over pleads to the entire nation, “If you recognize these people, call 999-1984.”
Surely those billions of pounds could be better spent putting a few more
bobbies on the beat to catch these miscreants red-handed. Though I fear that
would do little good, either.
|C'mon, cut a guy a break!|
I can’t tell you how many times I have shouted at the telly (someone has to do it) while watching one of those “Cops With Cameras Instead of Guns” shows, where drunken reprobates careen in a stolen car through narrow village streets ejecting beer bottles and bags of dope while crashing into property, other vehicles and cops cars until, after crashing into the wall of a 14th century church and destroying the chapel, they jump out of the car the lead the police (and the helicopter) on a merry chase before finally being brought to heel by the K-9 Squad in someone’s back garden. All I can think is how much this all cost in terms of man-hours, equipment, damage, etc., but at the end of the segment, the announcer joyfully relates how the passenger in the vehicle was later released without charge and the driver was taken to the local police station where he was given a very stern warning.
The fact is, all this CCTV data is good for is to provide footage for the above-mentioned shows.
And, of course, to keep my villain from throwing someone under a train.