Most local authorities now operate CCTV. The systems are generally effective in both cutting and detecting crime. Because of this residents feel safer in our towns and cities.
The Home Office states CCTV surveillance is particularly valuable when used as part of a wider crime reduction strategy, especially where there is a strong partnership with the local police.
Pictures from the cameras are continuously monitored at a central monitoring centre. The police are informed of suspicious incidents as they arise and can be directed to the exact location by CCTV operators.
A radio system is often provided to enable communications between police, retailers and security staff, as well as having immediate communication with the CCTV Control Centre.
The type of offences that have typically been detected with the assistance of CCTV include:
- Possession of drugs
- Unauthorised taking of motor vehicles
- Public order offences