Information available on CCTV footage is all about to change with lip-reading tech and software
They say actions speak louder than words, but words can be extremely important too, which can sometimes makes silent CCTV footage a bit useless.
Lip-reading camera technology, which has been in development for some time now, opens up possibilities for revolutionary market research - and there’s no escaping it.
Becoming the next generation of CCTV systems, experts predict an imminent rise of lip-reading cameras and software giving businesses and organisations an idea of the words being spoken in the images it captures.
While we generally associate this type of functionality with interpreting what contentious things were said by players at football matches, it has far wider reaching implications, especially for business.
Without the accompanying dialogue, some incidents caught on camera at your store remain a mystery, because your cameras don’t have microphones that can pick up the sound.
That’s fine when it comes to things like catching shoplifters, although it’s next to useless for finding out what your customers really think of your store, services or products.
But soon, systems will be able to capture and relay just what customers are thinking, without having to chase them down with a pen and a page full of tickboxes.
A spokesperson from CCTV.co.uk explained: “If you’re a business wanting to know your visitors’ opinions, a survey relies far too much on their honesty and effort to fill it in.
“With this leap in CCTV technology, businesses can analyse their customers’ reactions to a particular aspect of their store or service, and get qualitative as well as quantitative data.
“By capturing the comments of customers this way, they get an insight into unedited and genuine information that couldn’t be captured any other way.
“Of course this new camera technology will be particularly useful in noisy environments, for example. But many business premises play music or have multiple conversations happening at once, so there’s no escaping it.”
Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a rape of a 17-year-old girl.
On 27 October 2016, the victim and her friend whilst shopping in Westfield in Shepherd's Bush, were approached by two men who identified themselves as 'Mohamed Saif' and 'Ahmed', although it is not known whether these were their real names.
After spending some time together, the group made their way to central London before returning to Shepherd's Bush Green by bus.
The men attempted to make the women drink from a bottle of vodka, which they declined.
At approximately 03:45hrs the following morning, the women were split up by the men and 'Ahmed' forced the 17-year-old victim towards an entrance to West 12 Shopping Centre where he raped her.
The two women quickly left the area and made their way home, where they contacted police.
Detectives from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation and provided the woman with specialist support.
Officers have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
He is described as 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build with black spiky hair. He spoke with broken English. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark bomber jacket and light trainers.
DC Rebecca Thomas, the investigating officer from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "These two men took advantage of the victim and her friend. They lured them both into a false sense of security before trying to ply them with alcohol; which the women refused.
"I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV to contact police. I would also like to speak with anyone who saw him in the company of the other man - who called himself Mohamed Saif - and two women over the course of Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 October.
"The four of them travelled by bus and were in the Haymarket area of Westminster before returning to Shepherd's Bush."
Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8733 5009 or via 101.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the www.crimestoppers-uk.org website.
CCTV Warehouse is the go-to retailer and wholesale supplier of CCTV systems and LED lights in Manchester.
The business has been operating for four-and-a-half-years, bringing peace of mind to clients all across the country.
Shaz, the owner, said: “We sell to trade as well as to the public. We have trade prices and retail prices and we do everything from maintenance, installation and supply.”
The security specialists have been a limited company on the high street for around a year now, having previously operated solely out of a warehouse.
With demand growing for security products in recent times, the decision was taken to expand the business to the delight of many happy customers.
“We were in a warehouse but we wanted to move to the high street so we could expand to the retail outlet,” Shaz added.
“We eventually opened up this place last October and it’s been going really well.
“We’re a household name in terms of the locality. There’s no other direct competition. Our core job is to provide CCTV and we’re the only guys in Rochdale that do that.”
The most popular retail item is the CCTV camera system. A complete system will consist of a number of cameras, ranging from four to eight depending on coverage, alongside digital video recorder boxes and hard-drives.
Prices start at £200 for a full HD two-camera system, up to £600 for a core camera system, and beyond for commercial properties.
“We don’t do analogue systems anymore because customers love HD,” Shaz added.
The business doubles up as a philanthropic venture as the company like to help the local community with their security issues in general.
“CCTV puts our neighbours at ease. Even the Police come to us for advice. We offer free information for people about how to keep their properties safe,” Waziq smiled.
To ensure your home remains secure 24/7 365 days a year, contact CCTV Warehouse today.
CCTV and panic buttons for safety on Indian public transport
More than three years after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi, the transport minister of India has announced that a government initiative will introduce mandatory panic buttons to public buses ‘to ensure the safety of women’.
The government said a series of measures, which aim to help female commuters feel safer on public transport, will become law on 2nd June.
Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari told reporters in New Delhi: “To ensure the safety of women after the unfortunate incident, we have decided to make it mandatory for public transport buses to install emergency panic buttons, CCTV cameras and GPS-enabled vehicle tracking devices.”
The ministry had issued the draft rules earlier this month under the Motor Vehicles Act and had sought comments from stakeholders - including vehicle manufacturers. Under the proposed law, transport vehicles with a seating capacity of over 23 passengers will mandatorily have CCTV cameras that will be monitored by the local police control room and connected to GPS tracking devices. Mr Gadkari said that in case of any untoward event, a woman passenger would be able to press the emergency button which in turn will transfer the information to the nearest local police station via the GPS. Once the emergency signal is triggered, the CCTV cameras will start displaying live footage of the bus at the central control room.
To make buses safer still, if a vehicle moves away from its prescribed route, the system will start sending signals tracking its movement to the control room.
The government's latest anti-sex attack move follows its announcement last month that all mobile phones sold in India would have a panic button from the start of 2017. The button would allow users to call the police by pressing a single key on their phone.
SUSPECT: The man waiting at the counter of Greggs on the day of the assault
Girl groped in Greggs
Detectives investigating a sexual assault on an eight-year-old girl in a Leeds bakers shop have made an arrest after an appeal to find the man went viral online.
The victim was in the seating area of Greggs, in The Headrow, in Leeds city centre, when the incident occurred shortly after 3.30pm on Friday, February 12th.
She had been sat with her younger brother while her mother paid for items at the counter.
Detective Inspector Steve Greenbank, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “This was clearly a distressing incident for the young girl involved.
Chief Inspector Mark Griffin, from the Leeds district policing team said, “A 34-year-old man from the Bradford area has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who shared our appeal for information, and for the public’s support in this matter.”
RECUPERATING: Nissar Hussain, 49, hospitalised with smashed knee-cap and broken arm
Friends of a victim of 10-year long hate crimes are to stage a demonstration in Bradford to pressure police to take action against the perpetrators and to ask the community to respect the human rights of all neighbours.
Nissar Hussain, 49, was hospitalised on 17 November with a smashed kneecap and broken arm after a violent attack which was captured on CCTV.
He said he was attacked because he converted from Islam to Christianity and that his troubles started after he appeared on a Channel 4 documentary on how Islam converts are treated.
This latest attack came at the same time that Muslims across West Yorkshire were raising complaints about intolerance towards them (See related story) and calling for action against Islamophobia.
His friend, Mohammad Fyaz, is organising a demonstration outside of Bradford Town Hall on 5 December to call for Article 18 of the Declaration on Human Rights to be respected and upheld by the community and authorities in Bradford.
That article states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
Mr Fyaz, himself a convert, said that when a Muslim practices apostasy (the renunciation of one’s religious belief for another) he or she is brought under severe pressure.
“This is wrong and we want a strong declaration by the Bradford community that they would not condone the violence, harassment and pressure that Mr Hussain had been facing.
“They can do this by coming out and joining our demonstration to send a united message to the perpetrators,” he said.
UNACCEPTABLE: Mohammed Fyaz is organising a demonstration in Bradford
“We want Christians, Atheists, Humanist, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and all Nissar’s neighbours to come out, join us in condemning this senseless act. We need to send a message to the perpetrators that this is unacceptable in our British society.”
Calling the attack "one of the most vicious" she'd seen in her constituency, Bradford West MP Naz Shah called for witnesses to come forward. The attack came hours before she chaired the launch of a report around the reporting of religious hate crime.
Ms Shah said what happened to Mr Hussain on his own door step was unacceptable and had no place in Bradford and the world.
“The acts of a few, led by mindless hatred and intolerance, is not the Bradford I know, and most importantly is not something we will allow Bradford to become. Bradford is and will always be a city which is proud of its diversity and it's culture of welcoming those fleeing persecution as a City of Sanctuary and which I am proud to call home,” she said.
“Let us be clear, we as the communities of Bradford have much more to bring us together than we have to divide us and with that thought I would urge anyone who has any information which could help the bring these attackers to justice to contact the police and help in the investigation,” she added.
Mr Hussain said that this, and previous attacks, were hate crimes, but was concerned that the authorities were not treating his complaints as such.
“From the bottom of my heart, my family and I forgive those who have been persecuting us but we would like to see religious tolerance in society,” he said.
The British Pakistan Christian Association (BPCA) said they want to see laws to clamp down on apostasy in Britain which they said was inspired by Pakistan’s Blasphemy Act and has started a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron over the matter, calling for “proper protection” for citizens who change their religion.
They also want policies and procedures to be officially reviewed.
Bradford Police said they treat reports of hate crime seriously.
CHARGED: CCTV images of Zdenko Turtak were released following the attack in Beeston earlier this year
A 21-year-old European, who was extradited back to the UK by officers from West Yorkshire Police earlier this year, has admitted to the brutal rape and assault on a teenager in Leeds.
Zdenko Turtak, from Kosice, Slovakia, appeared in front of Leeds Crown Court on Friday 25th September, where he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and rape.
To the charge of attempted murder he pleaded not guilty.
Following the assault on the 18-year-old in Beeston on 6th March this year, a huge police operation was put into place to trace Turtak.
The victim had been attacked as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near to the junction with Tempest Road.
She was dragged into a nearby garden where she was struck over the head numerous times with a large stone before being seriously sexually assaulted.
Unidentified at the time, only CCTV images and a police e-fit were available of Turtak as officers appealed for information as to the identity of the assailant.
A reconstruction of the crime was featured on BBC’s Crimewatch and he was eventually traced to Slovakia.
FLED: The search for Turtak eventually finished in Slovakia where he was traced and extradited back to the UK
He was arrested by Slovakian authorities and extradited to the UK in July with help from the National Crime Agency and the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
Speaking previously, Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, explained: “Once the warrant was granted, we liaised with the Slovakian police through the National Crime Agency to secure the arrest of this man.