The use of public space CCTV is governed by the following Home Office guidelines, which all Local Authorities have to comply with. This updated code was laid before Parliament on 16 November 2021 and came into effect on 12 January 2022.
The use of CCTV has to be a balanced approach with the Human Rights Act to protect against the invasion of peoples privacy. The following self assessment tool will help to identify compliance with the principles in the code. It should be completed in conjunction with the surveillance camera Home Office code of practice.
There is today, a misapprehension, that CCTV is a 'cure all'. Often it is not and partnership working with other agencies such as the Police, are often more effective.
One of the key roles of current neighbourhood policing teams is to consult with the community to identify the crime and disorder issues that are of most concern to residents, to take action to solve those problems, and then to feed back the
results to the community – which will in itself increase confidence
It is therefore essential that all crimes, anti social behaviour and other events that affect the peace of our local communities are reported to the Police directly. We know that this partnership approach works extremely effectively and the Parish Council will always work with the Police to establish the best solutions to help tackle local issues.