Don't steal from the CCTV shop...

dubbz

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A hooded thief was caught on camera stealing a laptop computer from a CCTV camera shop in Manchester city centre.

The man was filmed as he posed as a customer at CCTV Surveillance Solutions shop on Dale Street last Saturday.

Owner David Arathoon said the thief asked to look at cameras before running from the shop with a laptop worth £700.
What's up with that? Did he seriously believe he whould get away with it? How stupid can you get?

"When I looked back and even found one of our cameras had filmed him jumping up and looking through the window, I had to laugh."
:rolleyes:


Link: BBC News article
 

mpw

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Reminds me of the guy who tried to hold a store up a gun-point, having not taken into account that a) it was a gun store b) a Police patrol car was parked outside (with the Police officer inside the store).
Apparently he burst in with his weapon drawn and got shot by more than one person neither of whom happened to be the store owner or Police officer standing at the counter.
 

wdlove

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Stupid is as stupid does. Cameras are just about everywhere now. Even those that use disguises are recognized by others.
 

mad jew

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Dunno about elsewhere, but over here only about 1/4 of all cameras are actually functioning. The others are set up as dummies to try to prevent people from stealing/doing the wrong thing. Maybe this guy was just taking his chances, they're not bad odds.
 

combatcolin

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mpw said:
Reminds me of the guy who tried to hold a store up a gun-point, having not taken into account that a) it was a gun store b) a Police patrol car was parked outside (with the Police officer inside the store).
Apparently he burst in with his weapon drawn and got shot by more than one person neither of whom happened to be the store owner or Police officer standing at the counter.
made me laugh :D
 

Henri Gaudier

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The boy is a dope but ..

what is most awful is how from UK to Boston to Australia these cameras exist. I've lived in London & Budapest and both of those towns are crawling with them and yet they are accepted. If they come to my local town I'll shoot the cameras off their poles. It's a sick time we live in. There's even CCTV in a park dedicated to George Orwell in Spain!
 

Blue Velvet

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Henri Gaudier said:
...I've lived in London & Budapest and both of those towns are crawling with them and yet they are accepted.
They are accepted because time and time again they have proved instrumental in bringing criminals to justice.

David Copeland, the London nail-bomber, managed to avoid detection for some time and eventually killed three people, but after release of CCTV pictures, he was identified and captured within hours.

Personally, I have no problem with them at all.
 

mpw

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Henri Gaudier said:
...I've lived in London...crawling with them and yet they are accepted. If they come to my local town I'll shoot the cameras off their poles....
Recently had to source a CCTV system for work and went along to a seminar being thrown by a prospective supplier. They told how they had just won the contract to supply a London council(can't remember which but Tower Hamlets rings a bell, is that a council bourough?) with an eight thousand camera system. He told how the installation egineers had to have a Police patrol with them during each installation, probably because of people just like you. :( :mad:
 

Jay42

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mpw said:
Reminds me of the guy who tried to hold a store up a gun-point, having not taken into account that a) it was a gun store b) a Police patrol car was parked outside (with the Police officer inside the store).
Apparently he burst in with his weapon drawn and got shot by more than one person neither of whom happened to be the store owner or Police officer standing at the counter.
I think that happened in Texas also. You don't cut people off in Texas in your car, nevermind attempt a hold-up.
 

cleanup

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CCTV = Central China Television?

There are CCTV stores?

My parents have a CCTV receiver so they can get CCTV-4 and -9 over here in Canada, but, again, stores?
 

dubbz

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cleanup said:
CCTV = Central China Television?

There are CCTV stores?

My parents have a CCTV receiver so they can get CCTV-4 and -9 over here in Canada, but, again, stores?
Edit: Eh, Sharewaredemon beat me to it :)

In case you weren't joking :D :

CCTV (in this case) = Closed-circuit television.

From wikipedia:

Closed-circuit television (CCTV), as a collection of surveillance cameras doing video surveillance, is the use of television cameras for surveillance. It differs from broadcast television in that all components are directly linked via cables or other direct means. CCTV is used in banks, casinos, shopping centres, streets, airports etc. (the eye in the sky).
 

mpw

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Sharewaredemon said:
CCTV = Closed Circuit Television

al la surveillance cameras.
Or not so closed if they screw up the installation. About 10years ago they installed the first of our towns CCTV cameras for the Police. On the first weekend they prodly flicked the switch and went live only to find out on Monday that they were interfering with TV broadcasts in the building adjacent to the cameras and the pictures could be viewed on peoples TV's. I can't remember the detail but I think it was only the local cable channel that was picking it up!
 

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