Saturday, August 26, 2006

Texas man foils Liverpool burglary via webcam

Technology is cool. This is frickin' hilarious. From Reuters UK via Progressive Gold:
An American man helped foil a burglary 4,589 miles away in northern England after spotting suspects raiding a shop whilst watching a webcam over the Internet, police said on Friday.

The man from Dallas, Texas was using a live camera link to look at Mathew Street, an area of Liverpool synonymous with the Beatles as it is home to the famous Cavern Club where the band regularly played.

He saw intruders apparently breaking into a sports store and alerted local police.

"We did get a call from someone in Dallas who was watching on a webcam that looks into the tourist areas, of which Mathew Street is one because of all the Beatles stuff," a Merseyside Police spokeswoman told Reuters.

"He called directly through to police here."

Officers were sent to the scene and three suspects were arrested.

As more and more areas are covered by webcams, I think we'll see this kind of thing more often. Of course, it may take the form of invasions of privacy ("so-and-so was seen entering a sex toy shop"). These days, it's best to assume you're always on camera. They're too cheap not to become ubiquitous.


Blogger Heraldblog said...

I was watching Fox News the other day and witnessed a crime against common sense and democracy. Who should I cal?

5:30 PM, August 26, 2006  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

The Media Matters tip email is:

Their website is:

They are the best watchdog group for this kind of thing. What you saw has probably already been noted there.

9:40 PM, August 26, 2006  

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