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The CCTV that helps keep our city safe; Cameras could work even better.

COVENTRY Coventry, city, England
Coventry (kŏv`əntrē, kŭv`–), city (1991 pop. 318,718) and metropolitan district, central England. Coventry is an industrial center noted for its automobile production.
 city centre boasts one of the most advanced surveillance systems anywhere in the country. PAUL DALE and ALISON McCONKEY Several people share the surname McConkey
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 report on the sophisticated hi-tech assault on crime.

TWO men sit hunched hunch  
1. An intuitive feeling or a premonition: had a hunch that he would lose.

2. A hump.

3. A lump or chunk: "She . . .
 over a bank of 12 television screens in a darkened dark·en  
v. dark·ened, dark·en·ing, dark·ens
a. To make dark or darker.

b. To give a darker hue to.

2. To fill with sadness; make gloomy.

 room somewhere in the centre of Coventry.

They run mission control at the nerve centre of one of the most impressive CCTV CCTV
closed-circuit television

CCTV closed-circuit television
 security systems anywhere in Britain.

From here it is possible to see what is happening almost anywhere in the central area at any time of the day or night. One-hundred-and-seven cameras strategically placed high on buildings relay a picture of life on the streets and car parks 24-hours a day.

Every single image is recorded and securely stored away in the event of police needing evidence to help with a prosecution.

The exact whereabouts where·a·bouts  
About where; in, at, or near what location: Whereabouts do you live?

n. (used with a sing. or pl.
 of the communications centre cannot be revealed. Police chiefs believe that the sophisticated equipment would be a prime target in the event of a terrorist attack.

The technology is incredible. At a flick of the switch monitoring room staff can close in on a target, with focus sharp enough to read the label on a pair of trousers Trousers (or pants in Canada, South Africa and the United States, and sometimes called slacks or breeches — often pronounced /bɹɪtʃɪz/ .

Pan back and the cameras can pick up traffic problems on the M6 at Exhall. It's even possible to see Nuneaton's Mount Judd in the distance.

The City Centre Company invested pounds 100,000 on the new monitoring HQ shortly before Christmas and there are plans to keep upgrading the equipment over the next few years.

The benefits of such a high-powered system in the fight against crime are obvious. Anyone committing an offence OFFENCE, crimes. The doing that which a penal law forbids to be done, or omitting to do what it commands; in this sense it is nearly synonymous with crime. (q.v.) In a more confined sense, it may be considered as having the same meaning with misdemeanor, (q.v.  in the city centre is almost certain to be recorded on film. In the shopping Precinct A constable's or police district. A small geographical unit of government. An election district created for convenient localization of polling places. A county or municipal subdivision for casting and counting votes in elections.

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The series followed the cases of Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart (Raymond Francis) at Scotland Yard.
 for criminals.

A live video link between the City Centre Company camera operators and Little Park Street enables the city's main police station to monitor events as they unfold unfold - inline .

Superintendent Neil Goosey, of Coventry police, described the system as a brilliant achievement which has led to a fall in city centre crime. ''It means that security staff can phone through and say, will you have a look at someone on camera 37 who is behaving suspiciously.

''We can actually witness a crime happening and get around there straight away.

''All through the night there is recording going on. A serious sexual assault was captured on film recently and that made it possible for us to arrest a man''.

The system allows monitoring staff to follow incidents in what computer experts call 'real time'. Shoplifting Ask a Lawyer

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 suspects, for example, can be tracked in live action across the precinct shopping area.

Coventry was the first city in the country to introduce CCTV cameras on such a large scale.

The latest advance is a pioneering retail radio to be used link in tandem Adv. 1. in tandem - one behind the other; "ride tandem on a bicycle built for two"; "riding horses down the path in tandem"
 with the CCTVs, as part of a crackdown crack·down  
An act or example of forceful regulation, repression, or restraint: a crackdown on crime.

Noun 1.
 on retail crime.

Roger Bache, in charge of the city centre security staff, said: ''The strength of the scheme is putting everything together. The cameras, radios and retail crime initiative.

''It's all about making the city centre safer so we attract more people in. There is nothing like this anywhere else in the country.''

The new radio link was introduced earlier this year. The city centre has been split into six zones, with businesses automatically alerted to any incident in their own patch.

The new radios are fitted with a panic button which silently alerts the control room operators should emergency assistance be required.

CRIME watchdogs have expressed concerns about the difficulties of monitoring Coventry's CCTV cameras at night.

Members of the police consultative committee fear that the expensive security system is not achieving its full potential.

City Centre Company staff, who are responsible for monitoring the film, do not work after 10.30pm. When they go home, the cameras continue to run but the communications nerve centre closes until 8am.

Police officers at Little Park Street can still look at live video coverage of the city centre on a special link-up, but do not have automatic access to the huge bank of television screens in the communications centre.

Police chiefs admit this makes it more difficult for them to follow what is happening on the streets. There are also problems in finding sufficient police manpower to look at the video film on a continual basis.

City Centre Company chief executive Liz Millett plans to introduce 24- hour monitoring, but new staffing arrangements could cost pounds 100,000.

She said: ''At the moment the cameras are monitored by car park attendants and city centre assistants. We would like to introduce dedicated control room staff.

''We can't do it overnight because we need to consult with the unions. But it is in our business plan and we intend to do it as soon as possible. I would hope to achieve it by June.''

Until recently, police officers were able to monitor the cameras after 10.30pm. But when the City Centre Company moved its communications system In telecommunication, a communications system is a collection of individual communications networks, transmission systems, relay stations, tributary stations, and data terminal equipment (DTE) usually capable of interconnection and interoperation to form an integrated whole.  to a new HQ in December, the practice ceased for security reasons.

Ms Millett added: ''It's a very heavily alarmed building because we have the urban traffic control centre behind us. Because of the alarm system, you can't just let people in and out on an ad-hoc basis.

''But on any occasion when the police want to come in we can make special arrangements for them.''

Superintendent Neil Goosey of Coventry police confirmed that access to the cameras had been hit since Christmas.

He added: ''For CCTV to be valuable you need someone to monitor them. If you don't, you can't realise their full potential. The City Centre Company know this and we know it.

''We made representations as the move was going on. We are concerned about our loss and they appreciate that.

''However, if we have a specific operation where we want access to the full range of cameras the City Centre Company have always offered it to us.''

Supt Goosey said he did not believe a long-term Long-term

Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.


1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term.
 solution should involve police officers monitoring the cameras. ''It's not the answer. We should not be having expensive and highly-trained officers monitoring the cameras when they should be out on the streets.''
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Dale, Paul; McConkey, Alison
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 6, 1999
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