Australians keen on a bit of armchair surveillance can now
join Britain's fight against crime by monitoring CCTV footage
live from the UK.
English-based website Internet Eyes has in 2013 started
streaming Down Under 10-minute clips from businesses
Subscribers who see an act of shoplifting or anti-social
behaviour in the aisles can send an online alert to the
"We've had dozens of requests from people in Australia to be
able to access the site ... people are fascinated by the fact
that they can make a difference from their own home,"
Internet Eyes founder Tony Morgan told AAP.
Business owners pay to have the cameras installed and
managed, and monitors need to buy a STG1.99 ($A3.10) per
month subscription enabling them to view.
"We have to charge viewers so that we have a little bit of
control, so if they abuse the system we can lock them out,"
Mr Morgan said.
Australia is the first southern hemisphere country where
access to the site has been made available, and Mr Morgan
said he hopes to make use of the time difference, providing
"coverage" when his European viewers are sleeping.
"Hopefully we can also roll out a network of cameras in
Australia, which can be monitored by people here (in the
UK)," he said.
"We've had an Australian lawyer look at it and he's come back
with a positive, there don't seem to be any legal problems
with it being used down there."
Mr Morgan denies Internet Eyes is capitalising on free labour
and points out that viewers are eligible for payment.
"We reward ... for each successful spotting and those build
up over the month and the people that see the most get paid
the most," he said.
"It's very important that Internet Eyes is seen not as prize
money, but as reward money. Just as if someone witnesses a
crime in the street and reports it to police, they will often
be eligible for a reward."
On average, Mr Morgan said there are about 35 "hits" per day,
of which up to 40 per cent end up as proven incidents.