CCTV cameras ‘don’t deter crime’


Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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A police force is considering plans to stop monitoring live CCTV cameras after a report found there was “little evidence” that they deterred crime.

Dyfed Powys Police, which covers more than half of Wales, could have funding reduced to actively monitor security cameras after an independent investigation found their removal “did not result in a significant rise in crime”.

The report was ordered by the force’s police and crime commissioner Christopher Salmon who said he was looking to put “more bobbies on the beat”.

“We must spend every pound where it delivers,” he said. “I’m giving the public what they ask me for – more bobbies on the beat.

“We created 30 new police officer posts for Dyfed-Powys this year. Next year there’ll be tens of thousands of extra hours on the beat thanks to new IT.”

Instrom Security Consultants, which carried out the report, found t he removal of local council CCTV cameras did not result in a significant rise in crime or anti-social behaviour.

There was “little evidence that CCTV deters crime, in particular violent and alcohol-related incidents”, the report found.

There was also “no case to support the active monitoring of public CCTV in Dyfed-Powys”, and m any existing public CCTV systems cannot produce images acceptable in court, it added.

Dyfed-Powys Police records showed that 1.5% of case files used publicly controlled CCTV evidence over a year and 2.2% used evidence from private systems.

The commissioner has recommended that funding is “ceased for active monitoring of CCTV” by April. He plans to keep the situation under review and consider any technological developments such as mobile CCTV.

Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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