Bhavesh Kumar

Senior Correspondent, IFSEC Global

January 12, 2016

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How Did Insects Impair the Quality of CCTV Footage in a North Wales Town?

Spider Cobwebs Render CCTV Cameras in Welsh Town UselessCouncillors in a Welsh town were recently perplexed when the quality of CCTV footage deteriorated, making it difficult to identify wrongdoers.

Upon investigation it was discovered that spider cobwebs had been obscuring the view of CCTV camera lenses in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, which sits within Snowdonia National Park.

The issue of unclear CCTV footage had been raised with councillors at a recent meeting of the Blaenau Ffestiniog Town Council.

The responsibility for periodically checking whether the problem has recurred has now been entrusted to the town clerk, who is tasked with conducted checks once a week.

However, a spokeswoman for North Wales Police suggested the problem was yet to compromise a police investigation: “The CCTV cameras have assisted the police considerably during a number of investigations, and have assisted in convictions. There have been no reported incidents that the images obtained could not be used due to a spider/spider’s web or any other insect or obstruction.”

It’s not an isolated case,  with spider cobwebs a recurring topic on forums used by CCTV operators and installers. On the CCTV Forum, for instance, kaysadeya asked how to prevent “spiders from turning your camera housing into a deluxe condo, complete with heater and picture-frame window? A spider has taken up residence between the lens and housing window in a camera I installed just a few weeks ago.”

Another forum on Google Groups featured a similar question.

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