New CCTV strategy for Barking and Dagenham

CCTV Camera (4) next to the bridge by the car park.

CCTV Camera (4) next to the bridge by the car park. - Credit: Archant

A new CCTV strategy for Barking and Dagenham has been approved to help keep people safe from crime.

The Public Space CCTV Strategy details the council’s use of its 117 cameras across the borough until 2018.

Images are transmitted to the CCTV control room where there are recorded and monitored by operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In 2012 to 2013, the CCTV service logged 4,916 incidents across the borough and 1,248 images were used as evidence.

Councillor Jeanne Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, said: “It should bring great comfort to residents, visitors to the borough and local businesses to know that our CCTV is recording and monitored 24 hours a day. The team work closely with the police and other agencies to make sure it is being used effectively.

“Every time I hear the CCTV operators have worked with the police to help catch a criminal, it reminds me how time and again this service is an essential tool in reducing the opportunities for crime and disorder in the borough, and providing evidence to ensure offenders are found and prosecuted.”

Do CCTV cameras make you feel safer? Or do you think this is another example of ‘Big Brother’ Britain?

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