A website which pays the public to monitor live commercial CCTV footage online is due to be launched in Devon.
Internet Eyes will pay up to £1,000 to subscribers who regularly report suspicious activity such as shoplifting.
Managing director Tony Morgan said the scheme would reduce crime and help prevent other anti-social behaviour.
But civil liberties campaigners say the idea is “distasteful” and encourages private citizens to spy on each other.
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