When Evidence is a Question of Image

Law Gazette, p. 34, May 2004

1 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010

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Stephanie Plews

affiliation not provided to SSRN

J. Leslie Bowie

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael C. Bromby

Truman Bodden Law School; Glasgow Caledonian University

Date Written: May 13, 2004

Abstract

The UK has the highest concentration of CCTV cameras in the world and there is seldom a major crime on the streets of our cities that is not caught on video. In Britain, there is now an estimated one camera for every 15 people, which amounts to more than four million in total.

Today, there are few cases that do not involve CCTV evidence, but how can it be used to maximum effect? As evidence in court, a CCTV image can often be difficult to decipher. As well as changes in clothing and hair that are an easy way for assailants to disguise themselves, the effects of camera lenses, street lighting and shadows can often make it difficult for a jury to judge the exact identity of a suspect in a CCTV image. To an untrained eye, these nuances can often be undeterminable.

The majority of identification work from CCTV is the comparison of a perpetrator caught on camera, with a suspect. This is commonly termed 'facial mapping', and is a practice employed by around 12 practitioner groups within the UK

Keywords: facial mapping, evidence, identity, CCTV

Suggested Citation

Plews, Stephanie and Bowie, J. Leslie and Bromby, Michael C., When Evidence is a Question of Image (May 13, 2004). Law Gazette, p. 34, May 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1561622

Stephanie Plews

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

J. Leslie Bowie

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Michael C. Bromby (Contact Author)

Truman Bodden Law School ( email )

PO Box 1568
Grand Cayman, KY1-1110
Cayman Islands

HOME PAGE: http://www.bromby.vze.com

Glasgow Caledonian University

Scotland
United Kingdom

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