March 10, 2015 -
People should install hidden CCTV cameras at “face level” outside their homes and businesses to improve the chances of successfully capturing criminals, recommends London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner, according to a report by the Telegraph.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe suggests that people should install two cameras, including one mounted high on the wall to run surveillance of the complete criminal act and a second camera at face level that will capture criminals’ faces.
Those families and businesses that are only able to install one camera should do so at eye level, Hogan-Howe said.
Facial recognition technology allows police to compare images taken from CCTV cameras to a database of mugshots for the purpose of finding a successful match.
However, few households actually had cameras installed on the premises, and those that actually did would tend to position them far too high, he said.
“Taking [pictures of] the tops of their heads is not that helpful for facial recognition which relies on the eyes and the configuration of the area around the nose and the mouth,” Hogan-Howe said. “So we’re trying to get people ideally to add another camera at face level.”
Hogan-Howe said that the majority of criminals are “pretty disorganized” and are unlikely to consider breaking a camera if it is positioned at a lower height.
He recommended that more families and businesses should purchase cameras outside their homes and stores as they are “relatively cheap”.