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BREAK AWAY SESSION – CAMPROSA CONFERENCE ON BOARD M.S.C. SINFONIA 8-11 NOVEMBER 2011 FORENSIC EVALUATION OF CCTV FOOTAGE Camprosa conference 8-11 november.

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1 BREAK AWAY SESSION – CAMPROSA CONFERENCE ON BOARD M.S.C. SINFONIA 8-11 NOVEMBER 2011 FORENSIC EVALUATION OF CCTV FOOTAGE Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011

2 CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV) Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011 CCTV is a technology system of surveillance by cameras, set up and used by public authorities on public places for crime prevention and crime prosecution ( Carli:2008) Principally used in America, Australia, UK and South Africa in crime prevention to monitor criminal behaviour, establish crime patterns, tool in management of fire and emergency situations, traffic control and to monitor crowd behaviour at mass gatherings and demonstrations ( De Beer,2011)

3 USE OF CCTV CAMERAS Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011 IN WHICH OF THESE AREAS IS CCTV OF THE MOST USE TO YOU FOR ASSISTANCE WITH INVESTIGATION FOR EVIDENCE GATHERING CRIME REDUCTION

4 EFFECTIVENESS Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011 LONDON – 1000 CCTV cameras in use only 3% of crimes solved using CCTV images WHY? Failure of police to detect images in their investigation Poor presentation of CCTV footage as evidence in court CCTV footage primarily perceived by British Police as a crime prevention tool and not an aid in detecting crime (Bowcott,2008)

5 SOLVABILITY FACTORS Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011 Was there a witness to the crime? Can the suspect be named? Can the suspect be located? Can the suspect be described? Can a suspect vehicle be identified? Is stolen property traceable? Is a clear suspect method of operation present? Is there significant physical evidence present? Is there a positive report on the physical evidence by a technician? Can the case be solved by normal investigative effort? Could anyone other than the suspect have committed the crime? (Gilbert, 2010)

6 CCTV ON CAMPUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA 23 universities use CCTV camera surveillance systems on their campuses for protection of students and staff Camera footprints in some cases extend beyond campus grounds to inside faculty buildings and park and ride sites off campus Systems usually monitored 24/7, recorded and linked to central control rooms on campus All universities have a Protection services Unit employed by the university Private universities are also beginning to institute campus security CCTV surveillance systems on their campuses (Anthony Minnaar,2011) Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011

7 USE OF CCTV Can provide leads to investigator of what suspect did at the crime scene for location and corroboration of physical evidence and witnesses testimony Possible presence of other suspects From footage – artists can be used to enhance quality of picture. Sketch from CCTV footage and sketch from witness can be used to create more composite image. Study of footage can reveal mistakes made by investigators. Unauthorised tactics and methods, if used by investigators, will be exposed (De Beer 2011) Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011

8 CASE STUDY PRETORIA WEST MURDERS 2001 CCTV coverage petrol stations Speed checks by camera ATM’s Camprosa conference 8-11 november 2011


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