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Finally Big Brother can talk to you

By johnboy - 11 September 2013 10

Simon Corbell brings the creepy to your Tuesday Morning with word he can now not only watch you from afar, but talk to you as well:

A new ‘talking CCTV’ speaker system will be trialled in Civic from tomorrow to help prevent crime, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, announced today.

Mr Corbell said ACT Policing will use the speaker system alongside the current CCTV system, at the corner of Alinga and Mort streets at the Civic Bus Interchange.

“The speaker system will be an additional crime prevention tool around crime ‘hot spots’ in Civic, and will be trialled over three months from tomorrow, Thursday 12 September 2013,” Mr Corbell said.

“The speakers will broadcast a message to let people know that they are being ‘viewed’ and ‘recorded’ by ACT Policing.”

Signs will be installed to inform the community of the location of the speaker. The speaker will not have the capacity to listen to, or record, any audio, and is compliant with the ACT Government CCTV Code of Practice.

“People will be able to continue to enjoy time spent in Civic knowing that CCTV coverage will improve safety and security in the area,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Justice and Community Safety Directorate will evaluate the effectiveness of the CCTV speaker system once the trial finishes in November.”

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10 Responses to
Finally Big Brother can talk to you
Thumper 10:28 am 12 Sep 13

You there. Stop robbing that old woman or I shall be forced to resort to insults and sarcasm.

Chop71 10:18 am 12 Sep 13

What a waste of money.
Why bother warning people, if they are doing the crime charge them.

Giving them a warning will just move the crime to somewhere that isn’t under video.

Thumper 8:43 am 12 Sep 13

poetix said :

If it starts giving updates on government achievements or playing martial music I’ll begin to get worried.

Glorious Leader Opens Flower Show to the Delight of the Masses, Bringing Beauty to All!
All Buses Running on Time! All Buses Running on Time!
Falsies Mob To Be Executed Tomorrow On Wall Desecrated By Their Own Graffiti!

I’m looking forward to the May Day celebrations.

EvanJames 11:11 pm 11 Sep 13

The audio had me waiting for it to say THIS IS THE VOICE OF THE MYSTERONS. WE KNOW YOU CAN HEAR US, EARTH-MEN.

poetix 9:32 pm 11 Sep 13

If it starts giving updates on government achievements or playing martial music I’ll begin to get worried.

Glorious Leader Opens Flower Show to the Delight of the Masses, Bringing Beauty to All!
All Buses Running on Time! All Buses Running on Time!
Falsies Mob To Be Executed Tomorrow On Wall Desecrated By Their Own Graffiti!

pibloktoq 7:36 pm 11 Sep 13

Buttocks! Tushie! Boy cheeks! Fanny! Derrière! Heinie! Backside! Cover up that coin slot!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Surveil_with_Love

p1 1:56 pm 11 Sep 13

Does the CCTV system work reliably now then? I seem to recall it failing once or twice in the past.

Ten points to the first person to upload a video of a drunk person arguing with the speaker.

davo101 1:22 pm 11 Sep 13

Speakers are a bit old-school. I would have thought these days they could just call them on their mobile.

Deref 12:20 pm 11 Sep 13

No doubt sales of hoodies will rocket.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:21 am 11 Sep 13

Well that’ll really work…. Not. If I were doing something illegal in front of those CCTV’s which I would not as I would be street wise. And even If I was not street wise and heard a voice booming over one of these’s CCTV speakers, I would be out of there like a shot out of a gun.

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