Press release from South Wales Police
4 December 2017
Facial recognition technology has been installed at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff as part of a partnership approach to tackling mobile phone theft and pickpocketing. The cameras have been used at a number of city centre events including the Joshua Takam fight and the UEFA Champions League Final but this is the first time they have been fixed at a venue.
Officers will be on duty at a number of events, including this evening’s Kasabian concert and the Liam Gallagher gig later this month, operating the cameras. The technology will hold a list of individuals including those who are suspected of being involved in mobile phone theft across the UK. If any of these individuals enter the venue, they will be dealt with by the police and the Arena’s security team.
Inspector Simon Davies, from Cardiff Central Police Station, said:
“We know there are groups of criminals who travel to concert venues, including those here in Cardiff, with the sole intention of stealing mobile phones. Clearly this is something we will not tolerate.
“Having your mobile phone stolen can be expensive, an inconvenience and on occasions it may leave victims without a direct means of communication with family and friends.
“We are really pleased to be working with the Arena to keep Cardiff safe in this way and hopefully send a message to criminals who think they can come here for rich pickings.”
We would remind concert goers to take particular care of their bags and phones and to be particularly vigilant in order to protect their property. Many people carry their mobiles in their pockets but at a busy event, this can mean they are easily dropped or sometimes stolen.
Our advice would be to keep your mobile in a front or inside zipped-up pocket, or leave it at home. Anyone with any questions, queries or concerns in relation to the facial recognition technology can contact the team on [email protected].
(image by South Wales Police)