Turns out that once you have security cameras in this country, it suddenly becomes hard to imagine life without them.
They do however engender a certain sort of paranoia about the nature of one’s fellow citizens.
For example, some individuals in this village appear to wander around on some sort of loop, rather like in The Truman Show. You can practically set your watch by them. Indeed, a worrying number of the people in the catchment zone of our cameras tend to resemble in their motions certain non-human characters in computer games. Or what I used to refer to as ‘bots’, before the term acquired a Russian connotation. (V has specifically compared them to some of the walking figures in Grand Theft Auto, Vice City.)
One easily-recognisable character used to pass at more or less the same time every morning at an almost absurdly fast walking pace, sporting an oversize black wig and a thick grey sweater (no matter the season). We nicknamed him ‘Sinibaldi’.
About once a month something truly bizarre is captured: e.g. a few days ago someone drove round the corner at full speed and tossed a tiny kitten out of the window.
In previous months we’ve seen a woman, possibly a working girl, defecating before consuming her own faeces, closely observed by the man at the wheel of the car she’d just got down from.
Another time there was an all-night orgy going on inside a PNC patrol car parked right in front of our house.
I've uploaded the footage of all the above-mentioned incidents to Youtube: unlisted of course!
Anyway, it’s always kind of amusing to scrutinise certain known dodgy characters taking the kind of evasive action that reflects an ignorance of both wide angle lenses and night vision technology.
Our newest neighbour opposite has recently installed a set of cameras along the length of his wall, which are obviously rather more fancy and sophisticated than ours.
So now pretty much everyone in the immediate area has security of this sort except, rather ironically, the one household that could most do with it.
Another nearby household is taking it to a whole different level with a drone, which has repeatedly invaded our airspace.
As for the kitten, we’ve adopted him. He’s an extraordinarily sweet and sociable little thing.