If CCTV is no good at catching nimble crims, perhaps it could be put to better use guarding static objects? London Assembly member Tony Arbour has said that CCTV should be used to guard statues and metal plaques at war memorials, which are suffering from a spate of thefts in Enfield. Arbour also suggested using an indelible SmartWater coating, but police are unconvinced this would be effective, as most of the pinched memorials are melted down for scrap. However, the Assembly's most interesting finding is that the biggest threat to London's 6,000 war memorials is not professional thieves or merry teen pranksters, but simple neglect. And all the CCTV cameras in the world won't help there, though they would at least allow concerned councillors to better scrutinise the memorials' gradual entropy.
Last Updated 25 August 2009