I faintly remember the girl famed over the internet for her ability to guess crime scenes even before they happened. It was hallucination alright; she would see the reality before it happened in her dreams. There are numerous such instances when we make a guess of the happening next moment, to find it come true. This ability was first worked into machines in the very eminent sci-fi flick, Minority Report – where the criminals were nabbed by the cops before they actually carried out a planned crime. After the introduction of the Minority Report-style OS, it’s time for the CCTV cameras to make the sci-fi insertion into real life.
British streets may soon see CCTV camera’s installed, which could predict a crime, and send alert of any suspicious behavior on road to the police. Computers are programmed to keep vigil on people and vehicles seen on the camera frame, which on finding some suspicious activity would inform the CCTV operator through an alarm, the information will then passed to the police. The efficiency of the system would depend on the swiftness with which the entire information can reach the cops, and how fast they act to cut the crime in the making.
How I wish these cameras had been developed about a year and half ago, the cricket fraternity would have known who choked Bob Woolmer to death. The cameras are being tested by the Portsmouth City Council, in parking areas and public places, but there runs a sense of skepticism in the public which believes, they are better off with policemen guarding them instead of the cameras. And quite rightly so, you never know when the innocent may be robbed of the freedom to loitering and privacy.