Britain to Beam Pictures of Criminals Onto Monuments

By Sadie Bass

Jan 27, 2010 1:10pm

ABC's Sonia Gallego reports: Criminals on the run in Britain could soon be getting a lot more exposure than they desire – the Police’s latest crime-busting venture is to beam giant images of their faces onto historic buildings, giving them an almost-startling aspect. This mock-up shows how this 21st Century take on a wild west ‘wanted’ poster would look. It’s not discreet, but that’s not the point. Police in the southern English city of Southampton have decided to use either the historic Bargate monument – a medieval fortress which was once the gateway to the city – or the new police station, which is still under construction, to project images of those on the ‘wanted’ list to jog the memory of locals and visitors alike. Aside from catching criminals, the other important use for this kind of slide show would be to use it to track down missing people and also to put out security messages to the public: “It’s another way of getting the message across to people”, said Ian Sainsbury, Spokesman for Hampshire Police, “in the case of criminals it could help people recognise them – it would also help with public safety messages, when people have had a drink or two.” It might not do any wonders for the tourist industry, but it may help catch a thief or two.

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