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Big Brother alert over surge in ‘citizen spies’ as thousands more volunteer to snoop on neighbours

Posted By admin On November 12, 2011 @ 2:17 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

LUCY BALLINGER and LOUISE ECCLES
UK Daily Mail [1]
November 12, 2011

Councils across the country have recruited thousands of ‘citizen snoopers’ to report ‘environmental crime’.

They target dog foulers, litter louts and neighbours who fail to sort their rubbish properly.

The volunteers act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of their neighbourhoods and are encouraged to take photos of ‘environmental crime’ and send them in with location details for a rapid response.

They are given hand-held GPS computers for the task or phone cards to cover the cost of using their own devices. Evidence gathered this way is sometimes used in criminal prosecutions.

There are already 9,831 snoopers signed up – a 17 per cent increase on the number two years ago – and a further 1,310 are set to be recruited and trained as part of schemes run by 18 councils.

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[1] UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060522/Big-Brother-alert-surge-citizen-spies-thousands-volunteer-snoop-neighbours.html

[2] Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/town-halls-hire-citizen-snoopers-as-young-as-seven-to-spy-on-neighbours-and-report-wrongs.html

[3] New website lets citizen spies snoop on thousands of CCTV cameras – and get cash rewards for spotting ‘crimes’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/new-website-lets-citizen-spies-snoop-on-thousands-of-cctv-cameras-and-get-cash-rewards-for-spotting-crimes.html

[4] Now it’s the citizen snoopers: Councils recruit unpaid volunteers to spy on their neighbours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-its-the-citizen-snoopers-councils-recruit-unpaid-volunteers-to-spy-on-their-neighbours.html

[5] Big Brother bin searches double in a single year as councils snoop through the rubbish of 30,000 families: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-brother-bin-searches-double-in-a-single-year-as-councils-snoop-through-the-rubbish-of-30000-families.html

[6] 10 Things Citizen Spies Should Report to DHS: http://www.prisonplanet.com/10-things-citizen-spies-should-report-to-dhs.html

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