UK to Implement 24 Hour Vehicle Surveillance Program

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 23, 2005

The Independent Online: “Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.”

  • The Independent Online: “If the police and security services can show that a national surveillance operation based on recording car movements can protect the public against criminals and terrorists, there will be a strong political will to do the same with street cameras designed to monitor the flow of human traffic.”
    Related references:

  • Press release from the Association of Chief Police Officers, March 22, 2005: Launch of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Strategy for the Police Service – 2005/2008. [via Spy blog]
  • “Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras can tell police officers within seconds whether a vehicle has been stolen, is known to be involved in a crime, or is untaxed.” [PITO website]
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