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Surveillance Video / In-Car Cameras


Bringing the Dispatcher to the Scene With Panoramic Imaging and Remote Video Transmission, Final Report, July 2001

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    National Institute of Justice (NIJ), July 2001.  This report describes the activities and outcomes of a project initiated to develop a panoramic imager -- consisting of a 360-degree mirror in a clear housing with a color camera aimed at the mirror --that can improve the current video camera systems used in patrol cars, most of which only record the activity in front of the vehicle.

CCTV: Constant Cameras Track Violators

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    National Institute of Justice (NIJ), July 2003.  This NIJ Journal article discusses the benefits and disadvantages (privacy concerns) of using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor public spaces in the United Kingdom. A study by the Home Office Police Research Group examined the effectiveness of CCTV systems in three English town centers. Among the findings was that analysis of crime data showed that the presence of CCTV can have a deterrent effect on a variety of offenses, especially property offenses; however, such reductions in crime can disappear as publicity about and awareness of the cameras fade.

The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in US Schools

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    National Institute of Justice (NIJ), September 1999. This guide is intended to help schools and their local law enforcement agencies, analyze their vulnerability to violence, theft and vandalism, and suggest possible technologies to address those problems. It describes commercially available technologies and provides benefits versus cost pointers. The guide discusses security concepts and operational issues, video surveillance, weapon detection devices (walk-through and hand-held metal detectors and x-ray baggage scanners), entry controls, and duress alarms.

Video Surveillance Equipment Selection and Application Guide

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    National Institute of Justice (NIJ), October 1999. This guide is meant to inform law enforcement about the types of video cameras available in order to enable them to better perform their duties. In-car cameras and video surveillance cameras are discussed in detail.

Video Surveillance of Public Places

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    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), March 2006. A number of surveys have examined the perception of closed circuit television (CCTV) system managers and the public in regard to CCTV’s crime prevention benefits. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the use of CCTV systems as a problem-oriented policing response to a crime problem. This guide explores the benefits and problems associated with CCTV and summarizes the findings of numerous CCTV evaluations.

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