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London Police Use Super Recognizers to Fight Crime

Thats been pushing that market. Prices in central London have climbed for 35 straight months. Although the rate has slowed, the markets strength this year has exceeded most brokers expectations. Knight Frank as recently as June said there wouldnt be a significant price increase this year. A month later, the firm forecast a 6 percent gain. Discretionary Market Theres a push-back from buyers, Bailey said. Its a discretionary market and people are looking for value. They arent desperate to buy anything at any price. Notting Hill and the City of London financial district led the increases with gains of 1.5 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively, in September. Belgravia, where values declined 0.2 percent, was the only neighborhood that didnt see a gain. Rents in prime central London fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month, the fourth-straight decline, Knight Frank said in a separate report. Rents dropped 2.5 percent on an annual basis. There was a lot of firing in the financial sector in 2012 and that undermined rents, Bailey said. Job vacancies at Londons financial-services companies fell 9 percent in the first half as firms tried to keep a lid on costs.

But since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad of super recognizers. Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” said Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Neville started the super recognizer unit after realizing the police had no system for identifying criminals based on images, unlike those for DNA and fingerprints. The unit proved especially valuable after riots hit London in the summer of 2011. After the violence, Scotland Yard combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance video. So far, there have been nearly 5,000 arrests; around 4,000 of those were based on police identifications of suspects from video images. The super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the identifications, including one officer who identified almost 300 people. A facial recognition software program made only one successful identification, according to Neville. Weeks before the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe, kicked off last month, the super recognizers were given images of known criminals and gang members. After the carnival began, 17 super recognizers holed up in a control room to study surveillance footage and spot the potential troublemakers.

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Jiffy Lube? We have them in America where you get your oil changed.” It all came after multiple Steelers players followed the lead of Vikings end Jared Allen and balked at the idea of playing full-time in London if the NFL ever puts a team here. “I wouldn’t like it,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “I just, I wouldn’t. It’d be really tough.” Said linebacker LaMarr Woodley, “It’d be rough. Luckily, I’m in Pittsburgh, so I don’t have to worry about that.” Tomlin said he hasn’t considered the idea because “(i)t doesn’t involve me.” Told that it might one day, Tomlin responded with a smile, “I doubt it.” Perhaps Taylor could lead the way. He said he’s a fan of soccer (or, as he’d probably say, futbol) and in particular Argentine star Lionel Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona. “Should I be saying that here?” Taylor asked. He hopes to “bring a little London swag back to America” with a shopping trip before kickoff. And Taylor has one other item to check off his list. “I’ll tell you what,” Taylor said. “I would love to meet the Queen the head lady.” PHOTOS: NFL GOES OVERSEAS The NFL has returned to London with the Vikings and Steelers set to meet at Wembley Stadium on Sept.

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What about minicamps? You would really have to move to London,” Grimes said. “London is a cool place, but I don’t know. That would be weird. “Outside of people who have no choice, it would be hard. If you got the Giants that want to sign you and the London whatever [nickname], I’m going to just stay in New York. My family is in America.” Not all current players see the potential for a team overseas in the same light, however. Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce finds the idea intriguing. Mike and Mike ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter covers the future of football in London, Robert Griffin III’s relationship with Mike Shanahan, his report that Von Miller tried to cheat a drug test and more. More Podcasts “I think it would be awesome,” Kelce said. “The biggest thing the league has been trying to do is globalize, to spread to other countries. NFL Europe didn’t really work out too well. So I don’t know what the marketing people are getting back about whether it would be successful.