The test pilot that was carried out showed how the Talking CCTVs barked out instructions loudly to litterbugs to stop littering and pick up all the dirt that they have left behind; scolds vandals from ruining things, etc. The voices behind the Talking CCTVs were that of council workers who were monitoring the systems places at various locations and could communicate directly to people on the street without their knowledge.
This scheme has drawn severe flak and criticism from the opponents and they have termed it as Big brother gone mad. But the home ministry is of the opinion that this project could bring in huge benefits and be extremely instrumental to bring to task anti-social activities occurring at any place, at any time. This project has been sanctioned a 500,000 grant to adapt to existing surveillance cameras. Mr. John Reid quoted that the new funding for the talking CCTVs was to put the message across that it is unacceptable to litter our streets, vandalize our communities and damage our properties. We all pay council tax and we all end up paying when any damage is caused to our community. School children are also being encouraged to become the voice behind the talking CCTVs.