Saturday, 21 December 2013

Big Brother Was Watching You For A Day


A few weeks ago I received an email from a gentleman in Buckland Way. He wrote:
"As I opened my curtains this morning I was confronted by not one but two cameras attached to the lamppost opposite. The cameras are located in Buckland and are angled towards the entrance of the footpath that leads from the Hamptons, across the recreation field and out into Buckland Way. The residents as far as I am aware have not been informed as to why they are there, the duration or who fitted them. I assuming it is to record peoples movement from the Hamptons or to measure the diabolical parking of parents picking up [children] from Dorchester Primary School."
As dutiful blogger I went to check out said cameras for myself and indeed there they were as described pointing (more of less) at the entrance to the park as shown here (on the left).

The next day I had a further email which said:
Same lamp post the next day
"Then at 5.30am this morning (yes really at that time) I was awoken by the noise of someone putting some aluminium ladders up. Now knowing it was too early for the window cleaner (and he doesn't work Sunday's) I got out of bed and looked out of the window to see a guy in a white transit van taking them down."
I asked the local police sergeant if he knew anything about them but he didn't.

A quick check of the company who owns the equipment, MHC Traffic Ltd, shows they are a company dealing with various types of tracking and surveillance including 'bluetooth tracking' whereby they track the movements of any individuals using bluetooth technology past a number of 'pre-defined cordon points'. All very interesting.

Perhaps someone can shed some light on who and why someone was so interested in that particular public pathway for that particular 24 hour period...


8 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

I assume that as the cameras were attached to Council property, Sutton Council were most likely the instigator. However, even if Sutton Council weren't the instigator, surely they must have had prior knowledge of and provided prerequisite approval of this?

If anyone can just set up a camera on Council property and anonymously record arrivals and departures at a local primary school, that would be a very worrying development.

Smokin Joe said...

I'd be interested to know if Sutton Council gave permission? And more interested in the repercussions if Sutton Council weren't involved...

guest D said...

Looking at the company's profile it is most likely it was Sutton Council who were the instigators. I can't think of any one else that would want to do a traffic survey on that stretch of road. Why, I can't imagine, unless they want to sell the land off for housing.

But there are plenty of people who do attach things to lamposts without permission, look at all the adverts for trainer/computer etc sales you see attached. I would bet they never ask for permission.

Guest said...

Hopefully they were something aimed at combating all the burglaries that we've had on Buckland Way recently. Probably not though.

Stewart Mackay said...

Could these camera possibly be the traffic counters that we campaigned on because of the Stone Place Car park one way system? and other pinch points within Worcester Park, These were promised at the last OLF meeting by a third party traffic consultancy, am I wrong? If so it looks like the traffic was only measured on a Sunday....

Stewart Mackay said...

Could these camera possibly be the traffic counters that we campaigned on because of the Stone Place Car park one way system? as well as other traffic pinch points including schools ? in Worcester Park, These were promised at the last OLF meeting by a third party traffic consultancy, am I wrong? If not it looks like the traffic was only measured on a Sunday for 24 hours....

Stewart Mackay (Conservative C said...

HI Guest D, How are you?


I think we (Worcester Park) are waiting for traffic monitoring camera's in Stone Place .. Windsor Street, Hampton Road etc... but these appear to be the wrong side of town.. and for only 24 hrs ... on a Sunday... the plot thickens..

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