Just passed an unmarked car with a camera on top

Discussion in 'SMB' started by oROSSo, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. oROSSo

    oROSSo Striker Staff Member

    Going up the Houghton cut, camera was on top of an unmarked Skoda Octavia estate, on the back right corner, angled to view cars overtaking the Skoda. Small black rectangular box with two lenses. Only one fella in it, couldn't see any hidden lights in the grill. As I passed him you could see him looking at his centre console as if to be checking a monitor, I watched him in the mirror and every car that went passed he was doing the same.

    What was it? Mobile phone checker, tax? And who runs them? Never seen or heard of one before.
     
  2. Paddy O'Dors

    Paddy O'Dors Striker

    Google mapping?
     
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  3. Sounds like it's an unmarked road policing unit with an ANPR camera on it.

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    That one's from Northumbria Police.
     
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  4. That was my thought.
     
  5. Tin Soldier

    Tin Soldier Striker

  6. oROSSo

    oROSSo Striker Staff Member

    ner them things have really obvious 360 camera's right in the middle on the roof I think.
     
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  7. Yeah they have a big ball on top. Branded google as well iirc
     
  8. oROSSo

    oROSSo Striker Staff Member


    that's the fella! Couldn't see any hidden lights on it though, or a big sign board in the back like that. And there was only one fella in it, thought they had to have two?
     
  9. Paddy O'Dors

    Paddy O'Dors Striker

    Signboard only lights up when they're lifting someone.
     
  10. pavarotti1980

    pavarotti1980 Midfield

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  11. I don't think there's any requirement to have two officers, but I couldn't give you a definitive answer.

    They're usually uniformed in unmarked traffic cars to allow them to complete stops, I'm pretty sure it's still a requirement that a constable performing a traffic stop wears a police uniform anyway. Could be there was a marked unit at another junction to pull anyone that was flagged on the ANPR.
     
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  12. stretch

    stretch Striker

    Other one might have been giving him a blarsie?
     
  13. oROSSo

    oROSSo Striker Staff Member

    aye but you can usually see them still, same with the lights in the grill, this one must have been done properly. There's a BMW estate kicks about Durham which is proper obvious.
     
  14. It's mental that people still bomb along there. Or that daft ***** who sit at 53 thinking they're getting 1up on everyone else. The policing on The 690 is crackers.
     
  15. Paddy O'Dors

    Paddy O'Dors Striker

    The Hampshire one is a bit more incognito like.
     
  16. Jasper

    Jasper Striker

    The other was kipping on the back seat.
     
  17. Dan..Dan..Dan..Dan

    Dan..Dan..Dan..Dan Central Defender

    So the Police drivers are allowed to be distracted by viewing a monitor in the car whilst driving but the public wouldn't be. Due care and attention ?
     
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  18. pavarotti1980

    pavarotti1980 Midfield

    Sounds like vehicle was static though?
     
  19. Goat Eyes

    Goat Eyes Striker

    That only becomes an issue when you crash.
     
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  20. Dan..Dan..Dan..Dan

    Dan..Dan..Dan..Dan Central Defender

    Fair enough. He can't spell grille though !
     
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