Police would be given greater powers to conduct surveillance operations on people suspected of crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft under plans announced by Britain’s Conservative Party — The Guardian.
They will amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act so that police no longer need to secure authorisation to conduct surveillance on those suspected of non-terrorist offences.
The changes would mean that the police would automatically be able to:
· Use covert video or listening devices in premises or vehicles.
· Watch premises to identify or arrest suspects.
· Conduct visual surveillance of public locations.
· Patrol, in uniform or plain clothes.
· Use thermal imaging and X-ray technology.
· Conduct surveillance using visible CCTV cameras.