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Parliament to approve surveillance registry

Registry will greatly help police investigations

March 24th, 2015 3:17 pm| by admin

A little more than a month after the terror attack in Copenhagen, a political majority in parliament are ready to give the police a surveillance camera registry.

The registry of over 500,000 public and private surveillance cameras in Denmark will help the police in future investigations because they will know where all the cameras are located.

The problem once again became painfully clear when the police were forced to walk around and look for potential cameras in order to identify and eventually kill the shooter Omar El-Hussein.

“It will make the police investigations much easier that they know where the cameras are located,” Karina Lorentzen, the spokesperson for parliament's judicial committee, told Metroxpress newspaper. ”They will just need to speak with the owners and will allow them to quickly get hold of photos of the perpetrators.”

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Failure = fine
The proposal also includes a clause that states that the failure to register a surveillance camera will result in a fine.

The prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has voiced her approval of the registry, and opposition party Dansk Folkeparti (DF) is also on board.

“It's important that the police don't waste time during an investigation. We actually think that it would be good if the public sector set up even more cameras,” Peter Skaarup, the head of DF, said.