Security Guards in UK Finally Taught that Photographers Not Always Terrorists

It looks like all the negative news stories about photographers’ rights in the UK is finally causing some positive change — private security guards across the nation are being instructed (for the first time) to exercise some common sense when stopping and questioning picture-takers:

Detective Sergeant David Parkes, a counter-terrorism advisor at the Metropolitan Police, has instructed private security staff to consider why a terrorist planning an attack would openly take photos in locations that can be readily viewed on the internet.

‘Why would a terrorist put himself at risk of being caught if he can get [the image] by logging onto Google,’ said DS Parkes […]

[…] Parkes replied that the type of equipment is of ‘no significance’ to the risk a person may be planning a terrorist attack, adding that he believed ‘the bigger the camera, the less likely they are going to do anything [suspicious] with it’.

Now they need to just teach the same thing about how people dress

Photographers Not All Terrorism Plotters, Security Staff Told [Amateur Photographer]

Image credit: The Photographer by jayRaz and Terrorist? by 1336

  • Simon Ponder

    so the moral of the story is…I need a bigger camera…got it

  • Anonymous

    Remember, it took ten years to point this out. 

    Plus prior to 9/11, Terrorists with cameras had free reign to plan their murdering plans with impunity, especially the IRA. How did we ever cope!

  • Xrodak

    Nothing arouses less terrorism suspision as a truly 8×10 field camera!

  • Simon Ponder


  • Nick C

    Beefy Tripod + Canon DSLR + 70-200 f2.8 + Boat load of Lighting Equipment


  • Rick Bennett

    I’ve long said these exact things to the three people who pretend to listen to me.

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