With the advent of new technology from dashboard cameras to iPhones, it has become easier to capture a collision unfolding right before our eyes. Chances are, if an incident wasn’t caught on an iPhone, iPad, tablet, dash cam, GoPro or camera, the local traffic, retail store or bank surveillance has caught something on their camera footage. Needless to say, privacy in our digital age is a rare phenomenon. That being said, we no longer have to deal with uncertain, unreliable and unclear statements. We can now simply just watch real time video footage.
The trial against Cliven Bundy and his sons was delayed for a week over questions about whether the government withheld surveillance videos of the Bundy Ranch during the 2014 standoff. Jurors were about to be called into the courtroom to hear opening statements Tuesday when the trial derailed and federal prosecutors were asked to account for evidence they said did not exist.
We’re living in the age of video surveillance. Unfortunately, we see it most often when one of us has been violated by crooks. Crimes like package thefts, car prowls, even hit-and-run crashes may never have been solved had it not been for the watchful eye of security cameras. But one Puget Sound police department is warning people to think twice before sharing evidence on social media; otherwise the investigation could be over before it begins.
For a number of years now, public life has seen an exponential increase of the use of video recording equipment. The question remains under which conditions video equipment can be installed and to which extent video recordings can be allowed as evidence within the European Union (EU) legal system. Not only in the public space, but also on the work floor are cameras deployed regularly. In addition, it is almost a certainty that most events are recorded by dashcams, drones, or smartphones. The opinions diverge on whether or not this is a positive evolution. What has become clear is that video recordings can be used as evidence in legal procedures.
Eagle Eye Networks, Inc., announced the Eagle Eye Contract Vault, a complete cloud based system for recording and archiving video of important business transactions. The video recordings are stored long-term in the Eagle Eye Cloud Data Centers with descriptions and metadata for easy search and retrieval. Using the Eagle Eye Video API both audio and video analysis can be completed on the recordings to extract key data. Currently the system is used for recording contracts for vacation ownership, home loans, and personal loans. Other applications include estate planning, human resource actions, and financial transactions.
St. Louis County police released footage on Wednesday evening they said shows 18-year-old Antonio Martin pulling a gun on an officer before being shot and killed, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The footage was taken from three different security cameras at the Berkeley, Missouri gas station where Martin encountered the unidentified officer. However, the officer […]
TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) announced the purchase of 860 AXON body-worn video cameras and a five-year subscription to EVIDENCE.com by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti further announced a plan by the city to equip a total of 7,000 officers with body cameras in 2015.
As we have been following on SecurityHive.com, the use as evidence of video surveillance of a camera pointed at the front of a home (or business) from a "public vantage point" is working its way through the courts. Where an Appeals Court had previous allowed such evidence, now a judge has ruled that such evidence gathering activities violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As posted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continually video recording the frontyard of someone’s home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.
If you feel like someone is watching you, you’re probably right. In the latest manifestation of electronic ogling, police in dozens of cities large and small are enlisting citizens and businesses to register the locations of their private security cameras for possible use in crime investigations. Police use mapping technology to match registered cameras to crime scenes, then ask camera owners for access to possible video evidence.
When Joel Scharf took over as Chief of Police of the Big Lake (Minn.) Police Department, which protects the 11,000 population city between Minneapolis and St. Cloud, he wanted to provide his twelve officers with a way for them to use an iPad to integrate all of its capabilities into a platform in the field that would let the officers only have to carry one item. Everything is done leveraging the powerful tools within smart phones and tablets, along with the resourceful iCrimeFighter mobile app. As a result, officers can very simply and easily capture video, audio, photographs, dictation and notes to document the case while at the scene.
Using data from 4,000 U.S. armed services personnel, a forensic anatomist has found that people are more easily and accurately identified by their body measurements than their facial features – even through clothing. This technique would be useful for criminal and missing persons cases – and requires less data points than facial recognition to be accurate.
A video camera mounted on a telephone pole overlooking a purported central Toledo chop shop for more than four months was legal, a federal judge ruled, though investigators still should have sought a warrant before installing it. [ See the original article posted August 12 here .]
The LE3 is rugged, waterproof, and easy to use. The camera clips to a uniform to record both the actions of the wearer and those in its field of view. LE3 features include HD video resolution, 16GB internal memory, and up to 12 hours of record time. The LE3 camera is powered by VIEVU’s VERIPATROL™ software system. Video evidence is securely stored and cataloged with a FIPS 140-2 compliant digital signature process, to verify the video has not been altered.
It seems that cameras are everywhere nowadays: cell phone cameras, security cameras, and now dash cameras. In this age of the truck driver is always guilty mentality, many truck drivers are now turning to dash cameras. Even if you’re not involved in an accident, dash camera footage could help you avoid trouble in other ways, […]
In early May 2014, London’s Metropolitan Police announced it would be spending almost £1 million on a trial of 500 body-worn video surveillance cameras for police officers in 10 of London’s boroughs. The move comes after several high-profile cases in recent years calling into question the integrity and transparency of police officer’s actions. David Green, […]
BROCKTON, MA – As the city mayor seeks to expand video surveillance, bar owner says crash footage shows security cameras already working. After 7-year-old Victor Gomes Jr. was struck by an SUV on North Main Street earlier this year, breaking his leg, there was considerable confusion about what happened. Gomes’s family members claimed the driver […]
Recent surveillance footage from a Sprint cell phone store revealed a robbery in San Juan, Texas. Thanks to that surveillance footage, investigators were able to locate the suspects involved. For two weeks, San Juan police were unable to locate the pair of cell phone robbers seen in security camera video. But now, the two suspects […]
In the latest Research Note from IHS, David Green (senior analyst in video surveillance and security services) provides information on the market for body-worn video surveillance cameras in law enforcement. In early May 2014, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced it would be spending almost £1 million on a trial of 500 body-worn video surveillance cameras […]
An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot recently when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows, and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers. Today, as authorities seek help with the investigation in Isla Vista, they’re employing […]
Darien, IL, Police Chief Ernest Brown is urging homeowners, property managers, and businesses to register their private security cameras with police as a means to deter and help solve local crime. “Recently, there was an attempt by an unknown motorist to lure a young nine-year-old to a vehicle with an offer of candy,” Chief Brown […]