Internet Eyes, the online crime detection system which allows registered viewers to monitor real-time CCTV feeds, is to go live on a trial basis this month.

It is hoped that the system, which rewards viewers who spot and report criminal activity to business owners, could prompt a decline in shoplifting.

The launch was delayed while the programme was being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), but it has now got the go-ahead and will open up to a limited number of registered viewers before a national roll out later this year.

A spokesman for the company said: "Internet Eyes can have an impact on reducing shoplifting and other crimes. Its sole purpose is to enable responsible members of the public to use the latest technology to help shopkeepers and the police combat the serious social harm that shoplifting causes."

Just under 15,000 people have registered as viewers so far. Viewers have no control over the video feeds they receive and their locations are kept secret.

Retailers wishing to sign up for the scheme should visit