Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Private Sector Video Surveillance in Operation

As opposed to government video surveillance, private sector surveillance from one's own property is not surveillance that ends up in one massive big brother heap that can be accessed by all sorts of government agents. It is limited surveillance, but it can be valuable..

Gawker provides us an object lesson:
An Arizona man who had his Amazon package snatched from outside his door in broad daylight by an "Un-American" thief with a "shameful and super awkward running style" is refusing to take the slight sitting down.[...]

Tim Lake told CBS5 he has a video camera outside his Phoenix home that sends him screenshots whenever someone approaches the residence.

When he first saw the robber, he figured it was just a new neighbor coming by to introduce herself, until he remembered he didn't live in Mayberry, and realized he was being robbed.

With the help of the screenshots and some identifying descriptors — "this is either a woman or Dog The Bounty Hunter has really let himself go" — Lake printed and posted a bunch of "Wanted" posters around his community to warn others.

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. But I will look for you. I will find you, and I will convict you," Lake said, doing his best Liam Neeson in Taken.

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