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Body-worn Cameras Made Compulsory for Bailiffs & Debt Collectors to Reduce Intimidation Tactics
Bailiffs and debt collectors will soon be forced to wear body cameras in order to cut down on reported 'bullying' and 'intimidation' tactics. The government has concluded that mandatory body-worn cameras would help to ensure that debt is collected in a 'fair and safe manner'.
Approximately 2,500 certified bailiffs in the UK will be required to wear a body camera when collecting debts. According to Citizens Advice and the debt charity, Stepchange, approximately 850,000 people contacted by debt collectors experienced the illegal forced entry into their homes or the removal of goods needed for their work.
Justice Minister Paul Maynard said, "the use of intimidation and aggression by some bailiffs is utterly unacceptable and it is right that we do all we can to tackle such behavior".
On the other side of the coin, a bailiff or debt collector using a body camera to record their interactions can continue to prove no wrongdoing was carried out on their part if accused otherwise.
Body cameras provide a means to hold guilty parties accountable for their actions; whether they are the body camera wearer or not. In a world where, without substantial evidence, a verdict can rely upon one individual's word against another, the ability to provide irrefutable footage as evidence can help create a safer and fairer society.
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