Body cameras to help shop workers fight crime

Shopkeepers in Merseyside are being offered ID badges containing video recording devices in the fight against hate crime.

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Video badges to fight hate crime

This shop worker welcoms the badges. Credit: ITV News

The cameras are worn by a worker around their neck and, if they feel threatened or intimidated, can be activated by the press of a button.

The incident can be captured in full and used as evidence to support a police investigation.

In February, police in Knowlsey secured the first detection in the country using footage from the 'video badges' when they traced a 16-year-old student from Huyton who had racially abused a local shopkeeper.

How the badges look. Credit: ITV News

The incident was captured by the camera, which was being worn around the shopkeeper's neck, and within days the offender's face had been circulated among local police officers.

A school liaison officer recognised him and his parents were informed.

The boy initially denied having been part of the group that had been in the shop but when he and his mother were shown the footage.

The badges work alongside more common security measures such as CCTV. Credit: ITV News

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ID badge cameras to help shop workers fight crime

Shopkeepers in Merseyside are being offered ID badges containing video recording devices in the fight against hate crime.

Dozens of tiny video cameras with crystal clear picture and sound quality are being offered to businesses suffering from anti-social behaviour.

The cameras are the size of an ID card holder and Merseyside Police say they have proved a big success during a recent trial in Knowsley.

The force says it helped officers investigate hate crimes and given local shopkeepers greater peace of mind.

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