Utter fiasco! Here’s why CCTV cameras won’t work in Penang


Now this is why the Penang state government should not go ahead with its plan to install CCTV cameras in crime-prone areas. The only people to benefit will be the camera and equipment suppliers.

The UK has the most CCTV cameras – but it has been an utter fiasco as this report from This is London: reveals:

Billions spent on CCTV have failed to cut crime and led to an ‘utter fiasco’, says Scotland Yard surveillance chief

Last updated at 11:22am on 07.05.08

The billions of pounds spent covering Britain with CCTV cameras has been an “utter fiasco” and failed to slash crime, Scotland Yard’s surveillance chief has said.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville said a Metropolitan Police pilot project found just three per cent of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images.

He claimed the vast swathes of money spent on cameras had been wasted because criminals don’t fear the cameras.

But Mr Neville also castigated the police and claimed officers can’t be bothered to seek out CCTV images because it’s “hard work”.

The comments from Mr Neville, who is the head of the Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido) at Scotland Yard, will further cast doubt on the spread of surveillance in Britain.

Britain has one per cent of the world’s population but, incredibly, 20 per cent of its CCTV cameras – the equivalent of one for every 14 people.

Last year it emerged the £200m spent on 10,000 crime-fighting cameras in London had had little effect on reducing offending.

A comparison of the number of cameras in each London borough with the proportion of crimes solved there found that police were no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any.

Speaking at a security conference in London, Mr Neville claimed the use of CCTV images for court evidence had been very poor so far.

He said: “CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure.

“Billions of pounds have been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court.

“It’s been an utter fiasco: only three per cent of crimes were solved by CCTV.

“Why don’t people fear it? They think the cameras are not working.”…

So please don’t waste public money on CCTV cameras. Rather, get to the root causes of the rising crime rate and tackle them.

Meanwhile, hot off the oven:

Question #47 – Mei 2008

Liew Chin Tong (Bukit Bendera) asks the Minister of Housing and Local Government to state the direction and time frame to establish local council elections to start a new chapter of democracy in Malaysia.

Minister’s Response:
The Government does not plan to conduct any local council elections.

Well, we can’t wait for the BN-led Federal Government, which is so out of touch with the people’s aspirations. The Pakatan state governments must come up with a quick road map to push through local government elections.

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Donplaypuks has the right answer to our social problems. It will take a generation or two and the right government to fix that.


I agree with Callum. Has happened in my case where they see the culprit but the face is too blur to convict him. But I actually post this to say to Anil, please stop taking just one instance of something that doesn’t work in UK and applying a broad brush to the whole world. Get more info from other countries. You did this with the free wifi for Penang, where you took some uninformed writer’s post that said ‘wifi could harm an individual with radio waves’. All the gullible people just took the same position that you did without fact… Read more »


The problem is and always has been image quality. with new content analytics can be applied to both live and recorded video, with multiple detectors and unlimited detection rules per camera, as well as offering increased functionability with analytics on edge devices. Megapixels is simply the horizontal dimension multiplied by the vertical dimension in pixels. If your size image is (resolution) a 3,235,428 pixel image rounded to 3.3 Megapixel. Mega means million. This is the high quality IP megapixel security camera for your most high importance needs. Quality is the amount of compression applied to the image in the camera.… Read more »

Nasir | cctv

Surveillance has become an important method of detecting conspicuous person that has a potential danger to everyone, and preventing such of doing their goal toward terror. Such surveillance will be impossible without the help of high end CCTV cameras, that’s monitoring non-stop around the clock.


CCTV works in london against litter bugs and some potential criminals.its the police force who refuse to make effort to use cctv. when population increases every year crime is bound to increase. snatch thieves will be caught if cctv installed in KL

raj raman

Thanks mr.anil for passing throu my comments in your blogs.

But just passing throu my comments doesnt make any solution.I need your feedback and also whether you can do so,to set up the trust fund.

Raj RAman.I can afford the fund but cant afford to take the harrasment.So pls pls do something for others.

(An idea worth considering, Raj – but just too bogged down with so many different things at the moment. – Anil)

jeffrey chew

I guess the time has come. A roadmap of focus to oust the incumbent.

raj raman

MR.anil, i know you are the corrupt buster and pennies counter.you play a save game. may i borrow your space for my other matter.you have the rights to moderate my opinion.(I HAVE ENOUGH SHOUTING THIS MESSAGE IN OTHERS BLOGS BUT NO COMMENTS FROM THEM) RE.RPK AND DONATION. AS OWNER OF YOUR BLOGS AND I AM THE BLOGGERS TO YOUR SITE,I NEED TO ASK FEW QUESTIONS. 1.Why the donation drive of accounts number is not make available by malaysiakini? 2.I have to take a risk to donate throu from bloggers who gave the accounts number. 3.Based on goodwill and trust many… Read more »


Dear Anil I too came across this article about this debacle in UK today. Of course CCTV works in UK. For whoever got the fat supply & the more lucrative maintenance contracts! Likewise in M’sia. The fact is, hanging, electric chair, lethal injection, gassing, caning/whipping, life sentences with hard labour, all have one thing in common – overall crime rates in the world have not decreased! Even with amputation in the Middle East! If anything, they have increased, especially sexually violent rapes and killings. Do we not all weep for every Nini or Shalin? If CCTV has not worked in… Read more »