Using smart technology to catch criminals who shoplift

Cameras with artificial intelligence catch shoplifters in the act, and a dedicated police team arrests a burglar who broke into an elderly woman’s home while she was asleep

If you think criminals are getting away with it, think again! 

This ten-part series takes a very different look at crime, showing how the police and the public are using smart technology and specialist tactics to prevent crime and bring offenders to justice. 

Frontline Fightback, narrated by Rav Wilding, features an array of equipment, including cameras that can spot crimes almost before they happen, software that can quickly identify repeat offenders, sophisticated satellite tracking and high-tech drones fitted with heat-seeking technology. 

While police forces across the UK embrace these changes, the series also looks at how tech companies and universities are developing still more crime-fighting technologies that, it is hoped, will transform policing in the 21st Century. 

The series features victims of crime and shows how a combination of smart technology, specialist tactics and great police work are starting to make a real difference. 

With retail crime on the rise, we see how some stores are using cameras with artificial intelligence to catch shoplifters in the act, while others are issuing their staff with body cameras. In the West Midlands, a female member of staff is assaulted and the shop’s owner turns to social media in an attempt to track down the culprit. A dedicated police team is cracking down on domestic burglaries in Bristol. They arrest a man who broke into an elderly woman’s home while she was asleep. In Nottingham, police catch another burglary suspect. This time, the suspect tries to get away by hopping from garden to garden – but there’s no escaping the police drone that’s hovering overhead, tracking his movements.

Source: BBC iPlayer – Frontline Fightback Series 1: Episode 1

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