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scamper

Hit again by a coffin dodger - IT help please

Third time I'm been hit by an old codger trying to park. He evidently did not see me sat in the car so reversed and did a runner. Have a hazy photo of his red Swift before I lost him in traffic. Anyone good at clearing up an image so I can read his plate?
scamper

Michael

Has this been resized by loading it? If you can get the original to me I'll see what I can do.
franki68

Re: Hit again by a coffin dodger - IT help please

scamper wrote:
Third time I'm been hit by an old codger trying to park. He evidently did not see me sat in the car so reversed and did a runner. Have a hazy photo of his red Swift before I lost him in traffic. Anyone good at clearing up an image so I can read his plate?


3rd time ?Maybe reconsider your parking at the 'driving school for blind geriatrics'
tali

Being outrun by an OAP in a Suzuki Swift is a bit embarrassing tbh...  
gonnabuildabuggy

I'd expected the post to be "Someone's just reversed into me, but in the meanwhile who can help me upgrade to Windows 10?"
scamper

I reckon he is very local to just do a runner instead of parking up some where else. He'll be back and I spend quite a bit of time in the local Costa overlooking the car park.
Bob Sacamano

tali wrote:
Being outrun by an OAP in a Suzuki Swift is a bit embarrassing tbh...


^ This. Surely some sort of forum ban is in order? Or maybe we all chip in for a "Wheelsmith" Refresher course?  
Grampa

Re: Hit again by a coffin dodger - IT help please

scamper wrote:
Third time I'm been hit by an old codger trying to park. He evidently did not see me sat in the car so reversed and did a runner. Have a hazy photo of his red Swift before I lost him in traffic. Anyone good at clearing up an image so I can read his plate?


Can't be done from the image you've uploaded which is just 480 pixels wide (when twisted the right way up) - the whole car (Suzuki) is only 36 pixels wide and the number plate is only 10 pixels wide so whilst it can be lightened sufficiently, all you get is about 20 yellow and grey pixels - nowhere near enough for a readable image - if the original is about 10 times the size, might just be possible, but I would expect that you can only see part of the plate.

If you catch up with him, unless he admits to it, I doubt there's anything you can do though. Any CCTV that could have witnessed it?
scamper

No CCTV. Going on last  time it happened I got the impression I may have got some where with the Reg number but no one was able to go and inspect the damage as the old bint had already sold the car on.
Michael

Grampa, the original picture is 2400px wide but there isn't sufficient information to sharpen the image.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

There's always sufficient information to sharpen the image - but sharpening loses detail
Roadsterstu

Take it to the local police and demand that they enhance it. Apparently they can do all kinds of fancy CSI shit. So believes half the population. Excuse the rant but I have a case on the go where the victim has provided their own CCTV footage. Which just shows a murky figure of indeterminable age, colour, sex, height or build and reckons we are crap because we can't identify who it is.

Sorry to hear about the bump. There may be ANPR cameras that clocked his car then yours x number of cars behind, possibly. But it's a long shot really.
Bob Sacamano

Roadsterstu wrote:
Take it to the local police and demand that they enhance it. Apparently they can do all kinds of fancy CSI shit. So believes half the population. Excuse the rant but I have a case on the go where the victim has provided their own CCTV footage. Which just shows a murky figure of indeterminable age, colour, sex, height or build and reckons we are crap because we can't identify who it is.

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Surely you will be able to identify a known offender by their walk and gait?
Roadsterstu

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Take it to the local police and demand that they enhance it. Apparently they can do all kinds of fancy CSI shit. So believes half the population. Excuse the rant but I have a case on the go where the victim has provided their own CCTV footage. Which just shows a murky figure of indeterminable age, colour, sex, height or build and reckons we are crap because we can't identify who it is.

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Surely you will be able to identify a known offender by their walk and gait?


If it was particularly distinctive then maybe. But highly unlikely to be sufficient for identification purposes.

I'm not sure if that was a tongue in cheek comment or not, Bob!

Scamper, I think I'd be inclined to just accept the damage is done uses its particularly bad?
Bob Sacamano

Tongue was firmly in cheek!  
Roadsterstu

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Tongue was firmly in cheek!



Phew

It's become so common for people to think we can magically enhance  CCTV from a haze to 4k HD just like in the movies, that I had to wonder!!
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadsterstu wrote:
Take it to the local police and demand that they enhance it. Apparently they can do all kinds of fancy CSI shit. So believes half the population. Excuse the rant but I have a case on the go where the victim has provided their own CCTV footage. Which just shows a murky figure of indeterminable age, colour, sex, height or build and reckons we are crap because we can't identify who it is.

Sorry to hear about the bump. There may be ANPR cameras that clocked his car then yours x number of cars behind, possibly. But it's a long shot really.


Tell them it looks like them and then threaten to charge them with wasting police time.

A spate of recent local break ins (seems we do live in a crime hotspot after all   ) means I attended a talk by the police last week and spoke to the officer afterwards.

I learnt:

a) Police seem to get dragged into loads of shit (Facebook spats, etc.) that is a total waste of their time
b) People seem to think that in the good old days , thousands of police were patrolling the local streets in the small hours of the morning.
c) People's expectations on reaction times are in line with Marvel super hero's
d) Today's police are actually very effective when presented with proper evidence and information they can work with
e) Get decent quality CCTV cameras is you are buying a system
f) There are still idiots around with security lights and who leave side gates unlocked.
Roadsterstu

Oh I could easily add to that list!

There is far more police involvement now in areas such as child protection , vulnerable people and mental health. A HUGE amount. And those areas are very time and resource hungry. People and businesses could really help themselves more - the amount of laptops and satnavs stolen from unlocked cars still surprises me, for example. A simple switch to prepayment or preauthorisation of a card at fuel stations or restaurants would make a dramatic difference. I could go on. And on....
Giant

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

I learnt:

a) Police seem to get dragged into loads of shit (Facebook spats, etc.) that is a total waste of their time
b) People seem to think that in the good old days , thousands of police were patrolling the local streets in the small hours of the morning.
c) People's expectations on reaction times are in line with Marvel super hero's
d) Today's police are actually very effective when presented with proper evidence and information they can work with
e) Get decent quality CCTV cameras is you are buying a system
f) There are still idiots around with security lights and who leave side gates unlocked.


What's the issue with security lights?
gooner

They help burglars and of course the local cats see where they're going as they pass through your garden.
gonnabuildabuggy

Giant wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

I learnt:

a) Police seem to get dragged into loads of shit (Facebook spats, etc.) that is a total waste of their time
b) People seem to think that in the good old days , thousands of police were patrolling the local streets in the small hours of the morning.
c) People's expectations on reaction times are in line with Marvel super hero's
d) Today's police are actually very effective when presented with proper evidence and information they can work with
e) Get decent quality CCTV cameras is you are buying a system
f) There are still idiots around with security lights and who leave side gates unlocked.


What's the issue with security lights?


Should be "without" security lights  
Grampa

Michael wrote:
Grampa, the original picture is 2400px wide but there isn't sufficient information to sharpen the image.


Thought it might be - the offending car is very distant in the image so it would need a terrific resolution as well as a bloody good lens on the camera in the first place for the number to be readable - such a shame that CSI type sharpening/enlarging doesn't work in real life!
scamper

Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.  

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!  
gooner

scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


Are you and some heavy men going to be waiting with baseball bats?
Roadsterstu

scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


The only thing is, if someone accused me of bumping their car after a week, with no evidence it was me, I'd probably suggest they do one.
scamper

Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


The only thing is, if someone accused me of bumping their car after a week, with no evidence it was me, I'd probably suggest they do one.


Well, it depends if you knew you were responsible and had the morals to own up especially with evident damage.
Roadsterstu

scamper wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


The only thing is, if someone accused me of bumping their car after a week, with no evidence it was me, I'd probably suggest they do one.


Well, it depends if you knew you were responsible and had the morals to own up especially with evident damage.


Well I know that I wouldn't have driven off in the first place knowing I had hit someone's car, without at least leaving a note.  But given that they potentially don't know then I think you are on a hiding to nowhere.
scamper

Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


The only thing is, if someone accused me of bumping their car after a week, with no evidence it was me, I'd probably suggest they do one.


Well, it depends if you knew you were responsible and had the morals to own up especially with evident damage.


Well I know that I wouldn't have driven off in the first place knowing I had hit someone's car, without at least leaving a note. But given that they potentially don't know then I think you are on a hiding to nowhere.



He certainly did know - he drove into the car park, hit my car, reversed and drove off!
Roadsterstu

And you just let him dither away into the traffic  

I hope you find him and I hope he suddenly becomes all apologetic but I rather suspect he won't. How much are we talking about for the damage?
gooner

Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
scamper wrote:
Rang up the council to see if the car park camera caught anything, but it was pointing in the wrong direction.

I'll be back Wednesday lunch time to see if the old giffer comes back like clock work to do his weekly shop. Time to take a stand!


The only thing is, if someone accused me of bumping their car after a week, with no evidence it was me, I'd probably suggest they do one.


Well, it depends if you knew you were responsible and had the morals to own up especially with evident damage.


Well I know that I wouldn't have driven off in the first place knowing I had hit someone's car, without at least leaving a note. But given that they potentially don't know then I think you are on a hiding to nowhere.


But that's also because you are a police officer and if someone reported you you'd be in even more trouble as you're supposed to be setting an example to the rest of us!
Roadsterstu

I guess it is a tiny part because of that but it's 99%  because I'm not a selfish inconsiderate old twat.
gooner

Roadsterstu wrote:
I guess it is a tiny part because of that but it's 99% because I'm not a selfish inconsiderate old twat.


Naturally that too of course, but my point is there are some who don't think there'll be any comeback so long as they scarper. If I hit someone's car and drive off, it could be spotted and reported, which would mean my company getting involved and my job being at risk of gross misconduct.

Too many drivers of older cars are happy to run away if t means avoiding paying the 500 voluntary excess they applied when trying to secure the cheapest insurance premium from the meerkats.
TreVoR

I would be highly tempted to surveil, follow him home to find out where he lived and wait a few months before keying every panel of his car (after he has had the damage he caused hitting your car repaired first of course).

I don't usually advocate criminal damage, but people who do this knowingly and fuck off need a big dose of karma.
gooner

I'm not trying to give you any ideas of course...

http://www.torquayheraldexpress.c.../story-28918503-detail/story.html
scamper

I didn't realise how many red Suzuki Swifts there are around here!

What are the chances.  Noted one in the car park, even with damage exactly in the right place with silver paint trace.  However, on closer inspection I thought the damage looked a little heavy complete with scuffed wing mirror and there were `ski'  stickers on the rear window. Also pretty sure the SWIFT badge is missing from the rear of the old duffer's car.  Turns out the lady driver owner on returning explained she had been hit by a silver van that morning.  She approached her car glaring at the damage I certainly felt her pain.

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