• Aug 31, 2007

As Americans are well aware, angry drivers are a dedicated, relentless, and unpredictable bunch. Angry drivers in Britain, fed up with the scourge of Gatso speed cameras, have destroyed them in all manner of ways. How are the authorities (or rather, capitalism) fighting back? A Dutch company has created a camera it wants to sell in Britain that could actually survive a day on the corner of a Baghdad street, let alone whatever purturbed British motorists can throw at it.

The camera is 13-feet tall, sits on a steel base placed in the ground, has cameras hidden behind strengthened glass, and has a fire-resistant body. It can monitor four lanes of traffic moving in both directions and doesn't use flashes so you don't know when you've been caught. And due to new regulations, it can be painted to blend in with its surroundings. Not only is it practically indestructible, but if it senses a threat via onboard smoke and vibration detectors, it will alert the nearest police station and upload all of its data to a central database so that no scofflaw gets away. Pending Home Office approval in England, it will be one giant leap for law enforcement, and one step closer to Robocop. We can think of only one achilles heel for this indestructible speed camera... a setp ladder and some spray paint.

Thanks for the tip, Spluch!

[Source: This London]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "sits on a steel base placed in the ground"

      Hack saw after hours
      Roller on extension 1 swipe, painted over
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unless I'm missing the point here, why bother with the vibration and smoke etc detectors anyway? If the machines have the ability to upload all the data to a central server upon attack, they could just aswell be programmed to upload every pic directly as its taken?

      I truely hate living in the UK for devices like this. The problem is new laws like "it can be painted to blend in with its surroundings" rather than be bright yellow, and the governments purchasing of devices like these only get mass public awareness after they creep up in the streets. Nobody outside of the Labour party seems to find out about it until its been quitely pushed through into British law.

      From a safety perspective lets be honest, everyone brakes when they see a big yellow box quarter of a mile up the road. When that turns into a near emergengy stop when you catch it out of the corner of your eye at 80mph on a motorway all hell is going to break loose.

      As for a head on collision into a 13ft steel pole thats been rigidly secured into the ground. My thoughts are with the victim's families.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If, god forbid, they show up where I live, duct tape, spraypaint and epoxy will all be in my arsenal.

      However, I wonder at which point the government just gives up? I mean these cameras do cost money. And is there even any evidence to support the fact that they make the roadways any safer?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not about when the government gives up. It's about when the people stand up for themselves and demand, en masse, to take those things down. As long as governments have a steady flow of cash, they'll think of stupid ways to spend it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i hope that the government does try to spend astronomical ammounts of money to protect its cameras. it wont help. i dont care how thick the steel is or how tall it is. the second you turn your back, its done.

      btw, the recipie for thermite is all over the internet
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do they have paintballs in the U.K.?
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least if the motorist does not see the flash of the camera their day is not ruined.
      Seriously. Instead of a week of waiting and imagining the amount you get a slightly shorter amount of time.
      The surprise, the payment, and later pushing it into the back of your mind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its not even coming to the Uk. Just says they want to sell it to the UK so don't worry yet. Even if it does come to UK it might be painted yellow or something...
      sauberkraut76
      • 7 Years Ago
      how about saran wrap? that oughta drive them nuts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've given it just 30 seconds worth of thought and have already come up with a $5 method to disable this "beast".

      A $5 can of glass etching compound from any craft store would permanently and completely blur that expensive, bulletproof glass. The camera may pick up some blobs of light, but not much else.

      Glass etching compound is far preferable to paint. Paint can be scraped off, glass etching compound permanently blurs the glass.

      13 feet up you say? Easy, I say.

      Attach rag to stick, dip rag in tin of paint, apply. The unit would be totally out of commission until it was dissembled and the expensive bulletproof glass replaced.

      Rag, stick, glass etching compound + 15 seconds to completely disable the device. (They'll still have the pre-blur video, so wear a hoodie and make sure you park the car around the corner.)

      And you know, there's one Very common, currently used camera disabling method that this thing doesn't seem protected against. An old tyre filled with petrol, thrown over the camera.

      There are a lot of burnt out cameras in the UK.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here is the solution: For those politicians voting in favor of cameras for ticketing purposes, those politicians should have cameras and microphones installed in their offices so the public can monitor, via the internet in real-time, the politician’s activities. Additionally, the politician should carry a tax payer paid cell phone (with GPS and internet monitoring capability) so the public knows where our beloved public servant is at all times. After all, if the politician is breaking no laws then what does the politician have to worry about?
      • 7 Years Ago
      50 000 pounds/each for something that is extremely easy to defeat with numerous dirt cheap methods is definitely among the dumbest ideas on how to spend tax dollars.... I am certain British politicians will vote unanimously in favor of this.

      Residents of British cities that are thinking about buying these... tell them its your money and you'll vote their asses out of office right quick if they vote for these monstrously expensive cash grab machines that will be no more effective then current methods.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I was going to suggest a little bit of spraypaint, but duct tape should work just as well...
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol, i was thinking paintballs
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