Warwick District Council works in partnership with Warwickshire Police and the Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative in reducing crime and the fear of crime across the district.The aim of the scheme is to make our streets safer for everyone, to improve security in our car parks, to help Warwickshire Police identify offenders and contribute towards the management of the District.
Currently the scheme monitors over 180 cameras located primarily in the Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington town centres and multi-storey car parks. Other locations covered by CCTV Camera's monitored in the scheme are: Lillington Crown Way Shopping Precinct, Mason Avenue and the Community Centre's, Whitnash Acre Close Shopping Precinct, Community Centre and Recreation Ground, Washbourne Fields and Coppice Road (Millenium Gardens) plus Jephson Gardens Temperate House, The Royal Pump Rooms and cameras covering parts of the council's housing stock.
The scheme operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year and is governed by a Code of Practice and is strictly regulated according with the Data Protection act, The Human Rights Act, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Our CCTV system is only the second in the country to have been awarded the British Standard for the management and operation of CCTV.
There is continuous liaison with the police who can be alerted to any incident in seconds and the images can are made available to the police to assist in the conviction of offenders by the courts.
For information on the code of practice and on "subject access forms" (which need to be completed before any footage is made available for viewing) download the document below.
There are now a dozen number of "Help Points" located in various locations across the District. These allow members of the public to have direct voice contact the CCTV room operator. Help Points are located at the following locations.
- Leamington - Clarendon Avenue - adjacent to Shell garage / Parade Warwick Street junction / Parade Regent Street junction / Bath Street - High Street junction / Clemens Street / Bedford Street car park / Warwick Street - Oxford Street
- Lillington - Crown Way shops
- Warwick - Warwick Market Place
- Whitnash- Heathcote Road Whitnash - Acre Close
- Kenilworth - Warwick Road – Temporarily removed.
During 2010/11 the Control Room was involved in dealing with 17,867 incidents, 828 classed as major incidents which resulted in 516 on screen arrests. In 2011-2012 there were 13,864 incidents, of which 759 were classed as major incidents. Out of that 759 we requested Police attendance 674 times which resulted in 449 arrests. CCTV - further information (275kb, PDF)
Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative
The WRCI proivdes the "ears" of the radio link system to the "eyes" of CCTV. Over 200 businesses are involved across the three town centres providing vital intelligence. This includes the Pub Watch scheme which is working to help reduce violent crime in the town centre. For more information on becoming a member of the WRCI click on the link below or ring 01926 450595.
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