After reading this, I got to thinking if this is the way of the future for crime monitoring: Set up cams and allow the public to monitor them…
Texan foils burglary in UK via webcam
26 August 2006
LONDON: An American helped foil a burglary in northern England whilst watching a Beatles-related webcam over the internet, police have said.
The man from Dallas was using a live camera link to look at Mathew Street, an area of Liverpool synonymous with the Beatles and home to the 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 said.
“He called directly through to police here.”
Officers were sent to the scene and three suspects were arrested.