Bridgetown, Barbados -- The rumour mill in Barbados is turning at this time with regards to the
installation of street cameras along the south coast of Barbados at this point.
The cameras are being installed by hydraulic lift vehicles from the Barbados
Light and Power and therefore appears to be a public venture.
One of these cameras which is installed at Worthings, flashes whenever a
vehicle passes, and is believed to be an automatic license plate reader (ALPR)
for the Barbados Royal Police Force (RBPF).
ALPR would allow snap a photograph of every license plate that passes them
by, capturing registration numbers on all vehicles. This will certainly put a
dent in the prospects of those non-insurance motorists.
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) is a mass surveillance method that
uses optical character recognition (OCR) on images to read vehicle registration
These camera may also be employed for security measures as any vehicle can be
monitored once it is part of a database, or not part of that database when these
cameras recognizes it.
The fear is that Bajans will further lose freedoms as the cameras will most
likely work with the Global Positioning System (GPS) to store in a database of
that vehicle's location with time and date. There will be no where to hide from
ALPR can also be used to automatically alert police officers of vehicles who
are speeding to be prosecuted at a later date, when an offender is captured by
Such a system has many advantages, but probably more disadvantages because
this data collected can be used as evidence against individuals in their private
One comment made at barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com, states that "Israelis
putting up cameras for the Royal Barbados Police force. There is now a camera
outside of Bubbas, Accra beach opposite cheffete, and Worthing Laundermat".
The government hasn't at this time that I'm aware stated in the public, that
the cameras are being installed nor that they are being installed by Israelis.