Surveillance cameras help police reduce crime in Guatemala City

first_imgBy Dialogo October 20, 2014 Presently, the cameras have been installed in various strategic points throughout the city, with a special emphasis on Zone 18, which had a rate of 72 homicides per 100,000 residents in early 2012. By comparison, the entire country has a homicide rate of nearly 40 per 100,000 residents, according to a report presented in April by the United Nations. They were right. The initiative stays in constant contact with security authorities to share information such as data on suspicious license plates, criminal profiles, and patterns of behavior in certain areas. The surveillance cameras are not only helping police respond quickly to criminal activity, they are helping law enforcement authorities gather data that will allow them to develop long-term approaches to fighting crime. Police agents monitor the videos from their stations and alert officers on patrol to possible criminal activity in real time. The cameras have helped them respond to crimes quickly enough to capture suspects before they could escape. “Police forces have more ‘eyes’ for surveillance, which prevents criminals from committing crimes,” said Carlos Argueta, Deputy Minister of Technology of the Ministry of the Interior (Mingob). “It’s such a novelty that agents patrolling the streets have support from the center. This has allowed them to make some captures red-handed.” The cameras have different capabilities. The majority of them – about 80 percent – are stationary and aimed at a fixed location. Police can move about 20 percent of them to the right and left and up and down. And 10 percent of them have facial recognition capability – meaning that they can identify criminals by their faces through their connection to a database maintained by the National Register of Persons (Renap). Police can also compare footage of license plates to the Tax Administration Authority (SAT)’s database to see if vehicles under surveillance have been reported stolen or are subject to seizure. They were right. Training courses in forensic analysis will be incorporated into the National Civil Police (PNC) Training Academy. The PNC is mandated with gathering intelligence to fight criminal organizations and fight crime. “Having advanced search systems facilitates criminal and judicial investigations. Our model, called SafeCity, focuses on achieving a smarter public safety infrastructure through tight integration over the Internet,” said Pedro Cruz, project coordinator for alertos.org. “Video surveillance can be a useful tool for creating intelligence strategies,” said Francisco Guezada, a security analyst at the National Economic Research Center (CIEN). “According to the information collected from surveillance, [security agents] should be able to detect the patterns, routes, and modus operandi of criminals.” “Having advanced search systems facilitates criminal and judicial investigations. Our model, called SafeCity, focuses on achieving a smarter public safety infrastructure through tight integration over the Internet,” said Pedro Cruz, project coordinator for alertos.org. “We currently have three forensic analysis technicians and they will be responsible for training 30 more,” Argueta said. “This way we will improve our criminal investigation processes.” Guatemala has a successful history of using technology to fight crime and improve public safety. “We currently have three forensic analysis technicians and they will be responsible for training 30 more,” Argueta said. “This way we will improve our criminal investigation processes.” Training courses in forensic analysis will be incorporated into the National Civil Police (PNC) Training Academy. The PNC is mandated with gathering intelligence to fight criminal organizations and fight crime. Using technology to fight crime Violence rates in sectors under surveillance have dropped by up to 40 percent since law enforcement authorities installed the video cameras at a cost of $150 million (USD). For example, in 2011, the Safe Cities Association launched the website alertos.org, which integrates surveillance services in high-crime areas and displays detailed information in real time. The creation of this platform seeks to achieve inter-institutional cooperation and increased strategic intelligence in the use and exchange of data. It receives feeds from various information sources, including civil complaints, and creates a statistical database of criminal incidents. In September, the website recorded 46 armed attacks and 84 homicides throughout the country. Guatemala has a successful history of using technology to fight crime and improve public safety. Guatemalan police officials believed the 1,900 surveillance cameras authorities installed in June in different parts of Guatemala City would help them prevent crime and fight violence. “Video surveillance can be a useful tool for creating intelligence strategies,” said Francisco Guezada, a security analyst at the National Economic Research Center (CIEN). “According to the information collected from surveillance, [security agents] should be able to detect the patterns, routes, and modus operandi of criminals.” Presently, the cameras have been installed in various strategic points throughout the city, with a special emphasis on Zone 18, which had a rate of 72 homicides per 100,000 residents in early 2012. By comparison, the entire country has a homicide rate of nearly 40 per 100,000 residents, according to a report presented in April by the United Nations. Police agents monitor the videos from their stations and alert officers on patrol to possible criminal activity in real time. The cameras have helped them respond to crimes quickly enough to capture suspects before they could escape. “Police forces have more ‘eyes’ for surveillance, which prevents criminals from committing crimes,” said Carlos Argueta, Deputy Minister of Technology of the Ministry of the Interior (Mingob). “It’s such a novelty that agents patrolling the streets have support from the center. This has allowed them to make some captures red-handed.” The cameras have different capabilities. The majority of them – about 80 percent – are stationary and aimed at a fixed location. Police can move about 20 percent of them to the right and left and up and down. And 10 percent of them have facial recognition capability – meaning that they can identify criminals by their faces through their connection to a database maintained by the National Register of Persons (Renap). Police can also compare footage of license plates to the Tax Administration Authority (SAT)’s database to see if vehicles under surveillance have been reported stolen or are subject to seizure. Police authorities plan on installing an additional 2,100 surveillance cameras throughout Guatemala City by the end of 2014. Many of the cameras will be placed in neighborhoods at-risk for violent crime, such as Mixco and Amatitlán in the Central District, as well as Escuintla and Sacatepéquez. Using technology to fight crime The surveillance cameras are not only helping police respond quickly to criminal activity, they are helping law enforcement authorities gather data that will allow them to develop long-term approaches to fighting crime. Violence rates in sectors under surveillance have dropped by up to 40 percent since law enforcement authorities installed the video cameras at a cost of $150 million (USD). Surveillance cameras help police develop anti-crime strategies: Analyst Guatemalan police officials believed the 1,900 surveillance cameras authorities installed in June in different parts of Guatemala City would help them prevent crime and fight violence. Surveillance cameras help police develop anti-crime strategies: Analyst For example, in 2011, the Safe Cities Association launched the website alertos.org, which integrates surveillance services in high-crime areas and displays detailed information in real time. The creation of this platform seeks to achieve inter-institutional cooperation and increased strategic intelligence in the use and exchange of data. It receives feeds from various information sources, including civil complaints, and creates a statistical database of criminal incidents. In September, the website recorded 46 armed attacks and 84 homicides throughout the country. Police authorities plan on installing an additional 2,100 surveillance cameras throughout Guatemala City by the end of 2014. Many of the cameras will be placed in neighborhoods at-risk for violent crime, such as Mixco and Amatitlán in the Central District, as well as Escuintla and Sacatepéquez. The initiative stays in constant contact with security authorities to share information such as data on suspicious license plates, criminal profiles, and patterns of behavior in certain areas. This strengthens the Strategy for Citizen Security, which is focused on fighting crime and preventing crime. To complement this strategy, more institutional presence is needed.last_img read more

Con man admits to running Ponzi & $5 million monthly check kiting schemes

first_img continue reading » A South Carolina man who ran a Ponzi scheme and a $5 million a month check kiting fraud that victimized a credit union and banks will be sentenced in December.Wade T. Caughman, 51, of Columbia pleaded guilty last month in U.S. District Court to operating a con operation to bilk investors and financial institutions, including the $829 million Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union and six other banks.In exchange for his guilty plea, federal prosecutors agreed to drop six felony counts of bank fraud and money laundering, according to court documents.The con man solicited investors by telling them he had lucrative auto sales leads from local credit unions. He also told investors that if they provided financing to buy the cars, they would make $800 in interest for every car sold to credit union members, federal prosecutors said in court documents. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ronaldinho to regain freedom after four-month house arrest

first_img As reported by Marca, the former football superstar was arrested earlier in March in the country when he and his brother attempted to enter using falsified Paraguayan passports. The fake passport showed the former star’s correct name, birthplace, and birthdate, but it falsely prints that he is a naturalised citizen of Paraguay. The fresh report claims that 90 percent of the case has now been completed with the prosecution failing to build on their initial allegations, which would allow the brothers to both leave house arrest while the issue is officially concluded. As reported by Marca via Reuters last month, the Paraguayan law authorities are investigating the brothers for possible money laundering after being found to have used fake Paraguayan passports. Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Barcelona legend Ronaldinho is set to be released from house arrest in Paraguay after four months, according to a report in ESPN. The former Brazil international and his brother Roberto de Assis, who is also his business manager, were jailed on 5 March for using fake passports, as reported by Marca. 33 days later, it was confirmed that, following the $1.6m bail money being deposited, the pair left the jail and are now both under house arrest in a hotel in Asuncion – the capital of Paraguay.center_img Read Also: Fabregas: Arsenal Need FA Cup Trophy More Than Chelsea His trip to the South American nation was allegedly to promote the charity “La Fundación Angelical,” which provides medical assistance to low-income children, while he was was also going to present his book Genio de la vida (Genius of life). Last summer, as Diario AS outlined, the former forward had 57 properties seized and owes more than €2m to the Brazilian state over unpaid taxes and fines, while his Brazilian and Spanish passports were confiscated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Neymar fitness cloud lingers as pressure mounts on Brazil

first_img0Shares0000Neymar is a fitness doubt for Brazil’s clash with Costa Rica © AFP / Jewel SAMADSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – A battered and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil’s World Cup campaign back on track here Friday as the pre-tournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica.Neymar was given a rough ride in Brazil’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday, fouled 10 times during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years. The world’s most expensive player then set alarm bells ringing when he hobbled out of training on Tuesday in full view of the cameras.However, he returned to the training pitch 48 hours ahead of the clash in Saint Petersburg, raising hopes he will feature.Even before his latest setback, there were doubts over Neymar’s fitness heading into the World Cup after a three-month layoff.The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for nearly four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February.To the frustration of many in the French capital, Neymar returned home for much of his recovery process with the intention of being fully fit for the World Cup.– Neymar still the key –However, questions remain whether he is seriously lacking match practice.Brazil looked to their talisman time and again in the final stages in Rostov-on-Don, but he failed to find the final pass or finish to unlock a well-organised Switzerland defence.Instead, it was Philippe Coutinho who got Brazil’s campaign off to a flying start with a wonderful long range strike to open the scoring.In contrast to Neymar, Coutinho ended the season in sensational form for Barcelona after sealing his dream move from Liverpool.Off to a flyer: Philippe Coutinho scored Brazil’s first goal of the World Cup © AFP / Jewel SAMADShould Neymar not be fit, Coutinho could be moved into his role on the left of a front three with Tite bolstering his midfield.However, Coutinho insists Neymar remains the key figure in Brazil’s pursuit of World Cup glory.“Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Of course having him in our side is a big plus for us,” said Coutinho.“He is so important. He is always creating the play, creating space.”Brazil were not just unhappy with the treatment meted out to Neymar, but also Switzerland’s equaliser when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system failed to rule out Steven Zuber’s equaliser for a slight push on Miranda. The Brazilian federation even took their complaints to FIFA.Needing a break and to relieve the pressure with a win, Brazil could hardly have picked better opposition in Los Ticos, who have only beaten Brazil once in 10 meetings way back in 1960.Costa Rica shocked England, Italy and Uruguay to reach the quarter-finals four years ago, but are even more in need of the points after losing 1-0 to Serbia in their opening game.They also lost heavily to Belgium and England in warm-up friendlies, but captain Bryan Ruiz believes they can follow Switzerland’s example to cause another massive upset.“Switzerland pressed them in midfield and that’s what you need to do because everybody knows that Brazil are best from midfield going forward,” said the Sporting Lisbon attacker.“We need to win the ball back quickly and counter-attack quickly.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more