Our Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operators work in partnership with the local police, community and businesses to assist in the fight against crime and disorder within the borough.
We have very effective and reliable CCTV schemes. Our CCTV control room, based at Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, is equipped with digital recording and editing facilities servicing a network of approximately 700 cameras throughout the borough.
Pictures from the cameras are continuously monitored. The police are informed of suspicious incidents as they happen and can be directed to the exact location by CCTV operators.
Here are some examples of what the CCTV system may be used for:
- Deter anti social behaviour
- Disrupt and prevent street crime
- Look for illegal waste dumping
- Observe unlicensed activity in entertainment premises
- Observe fraudulent behaviour
- Gather evidence for court proceedings
- Identify persons wanted by the police
- Emergency planning
The introduction of CCTV has been one of the best weapons against crime. It has been proved effective in both cutting and detecting crime and because of this people now feel safer when they're out and about.
The Home Office states CCTV surveillance is particularly valuable when used as part of a wider crime reduction strategy, thus strengthening partnership with the local police.
Aside from the disadvantage of not attending school, youngsters can also get into serious trouble if they hang around unsupervised on the streets.
We use CCTV cameras installed in the town centres to spot truants and then send education officers and police officers to take them back to school. Stopping truants from missing out on vital schooling is a major part of the council's work.
Page last updated: 25/04/2012