SEOUL, Korea, August 06 (Korea Bizwire) – When talking CCTV cameras were first introduced in London boroughs in 2008, controversies arose about Big Brother watching and scolding you. However, citizens residing in bleak districts were not necessarily uncomfortable with the idea of talking cameras. They were rather happy of the upside factor of talking cameras, which are safer streets. Talking CCTV cameras detect anti-social behaviors and they ‘scold’ people to ‘get off,’ in a recorded voice. Recorded voices of children were also to be used to rouse more conscience amid offenders.
In South Korea the most frequent anti-social behavior that CCTV cameras are to detect is illegal garbage dumping. Disposal of garbage properly in Korea seems quite complex, but the main key is this: you should discard garbage in specific paying bags in assigned garbage containers. So tired of people throwing garbage wrapped up in non-specific disposal bags on the streets, more and more cities of Korea have decided to install talking CCTV cameras that detect, record, and scold offenders.
Authorities of Daegu City are to install ten talking cameras. Pohang City and Suwon City has introduced talking cameras in 16 and 17 jurisdictions respectively. Pohang municipalities have seen marked improvements during a pilot period. In one jurisdiction, not one case of illegal disposal happened. In most of areas there was a big reduction in the incidence of illegal dumping. Some offenders, on attempt to illegal disposal, even took the garbage back in front of the camera.
Clever ways to prevent illegal acts and anti-social behaviors can be sprung from simple ideas like employment of colors to affect people’s minds. Japan and Britain have been turning its bleak neighbors lighted in blue in recent years. Blue lightning has a calming effect on people who are about to commit crimes, suicides and other anti-social behaviors. The City of Nara in Japan saw a 9-percent decrease in crime rates in blue-lighted neighborhoods in 2005 according to an article in The Seattle Times. This effect on lowering crime rates might not be so satisfying for some, but one simple way of preventing illegal acts can be employed alongside to another simple-yet-creative way. How about blue-lighted CCTV cameras?