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    Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting energy

    Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting energy | Mail Online
    Last updated at 2:40 AM on 24th March 2009

    Our movements are already tracked by CCTV, speed cameras and even spies in dustbins.

    Now snooping on the public has reached new heights with local authorities putting spy planes in the air to snoop on homeowners who are wasting too much energy.

    Thermal imaging cameras are being used to create colour-coded maps which will enable council officers to identify offenders and pay them a visit to educate them about the harm to the environment and measures they can take.
    The council's head of environmental services, Andy Jarvis, said the original plan was to target businesses but it was realised the scope could be extended to include residental properties.

    'The project we put together was for a plane to go up on various nights flying strips of the district and taking pictures,' he said.

    'Through those images, a thermal image photograph can be created in which you can pick out individual properties which are losing a lot of heat.

    'We do a lot on domestic energy conservation already and realised it would be useful to see if any of the homes which were particularly hot were properties where people had not insulated their lofts.

    'We were also able to look at very cold properties and think we might have picked up people on low incomes who are not heating their homes because they cannot afford to.'
    You Brits have to do something about your government, it going too far every day it seems.

    These guys have way to much time on their hands.
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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    It happens in America too, although they aren't using them to see who is wasting energy but who might have pot growing houses.

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Don't we have enough loony fringe rags in America....you have to look for bogus news in England?

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    Don't we have enough loony fringe rags in America....you have to look for bogus news in England?
    What are you on? It is not bogus.

    I can get it from the Times to if you want, not to mention we also have Europeans that frequent this site everyday.
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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    Don't we have enough loony fringe rags in America....you have to look for bogus news in England?
    How exactly is this news bogus? It's stories like this that should remind people exactly how lucky they are to live in the US.

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    How exactly is this news bogus? It's stories like this that should remind people exactly how lucky they are to live in the US.
    You mean lucky enough to have law enforcement use the same means but for other purposes?

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    You mean lucky enough to have law enforcement use the same means but for other purposes?
    Either way its ****ty, however, I'd say that the local government checking to make sure your not using too much or too little power is supremely retarded.
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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Wow. The government is wasting money finding out who's wasting heat...

    ...I bet the utility companies know ...simply by looking at who's paying the biggest bills.


    That's how a free society controls energy usage...those who use more...pay more.

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Either way its ****ty, however, I'd say that the local government checking to make sure your not using too much or too little power is supremely retarded.
    I agree , but the fact they can use this type of equipment on the populus is idiotic. But it is legal in the UK and AMERICA.

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    Re: Council uses spy plane with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting ener

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I agree , but the fact they can use this type of equipment on the populus is idiotic. But it is legal in the UK and AMERICA.
    Ohh I know. I guess what gets me is that it is the local council doing it and not the DEA or some local police agency.
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