“Talking” CCTV cameras that tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour are to be extended to 20 areas across England.
They are already used in Middlesbrough where people seen misbehaving can be told to stop via a loudspeaker, controlled by control centre staff.
When I read the book 1984 by George Orwell, one of the most frightening things in the book was the talking camera. The fact that as I type this, some fucking bureaucrat is looking at me and telling me to sit straight and not drink beer as it may affect the quality of the post, is truly frightening. I think this is a bad idea.
I am still on the fence as far as CCTV’s are concerned but a “talking” CCTV…..uh, uh….no way.