A website has been set up that turns the tables on urban surveillance systems by ‘watching the watchers’ using your mobile phone to map CCTV locations around the UK. The CCTV Treasure Hunt is a game created by a pair of UK artists that can be played as part of an organised event or as an individual. It's simple to play:
1. Use your camera phone (or other available photographic-device), to capture a shot of any CCTV cameras you spot around town - remember to protect your own anonymity…
2. Make a note of the CCTV camera's location - the more detail the better! For example: ‘Corner of X and Y Street, Random Town, UK‘ or ‘Street Number, Street Name, Random Town, UK’ is better than just ‘Random Town‘. A postcode is also helpful if known…
3. Send your picture plus the details of the camera's location via MMS or Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Your photo will then be added to the map on the home page, as well as the gallery. You will remain anonymous at all times!
The treasure hunt can also be played with others starting from a central meeting location:
Participants are given an explorers pack which includes a map covering a 3-mile radius around the base location, a small Guide to the game and a mask to protect their anonymity.
Participants then have 1 hour to scout the area on the map and find, photograph and mark on the map as many CCTV cameras as possible. The player or team which finds the most cameras wins the game!
The CCTV Treasure Hunt has already been played in Newcastle and most recently last weekend in Nottingham. If you'd like to set up a hunt in your area then visit the Treasure Hunt website where you can get advice on organising a game and ask to be sent copies of the explorers packs.