About CCTV in Warwick district
CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television. There are CCTV cameras in most public areas within the towns within the District, and they are there to protect the people who live, work, shop or spend leisure time in the area. The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by fully trained Warwick District Council CCTV operators.
The corporate vision for the district is to make Warwick District a great place, to live, work and visit, and carbon neutral by 2030.
The aim of CCTV in Warwick District is to:
- help detect crime by providing evidence in criminal proceedings
- reduce crime and the fear of crime, making our streets safer for everyone
- reduce public disorder and anti-social behaviour
- make our car parks safer and more secure
- help the Police track, identify or capture offenders or person suspected of committing a crime
- contribute towards the management of the District
- provide evidence for the Police or other statutory prosecuting body
How CCTV works
Warwick District’s CCTV cameras do not record any sound, and no dummy cameras are used.
All images from all cameras are recorded and retained for 31 days in a secure environment unless required by the Police or other statutory prosecuting body.
The Police are governed by the same regulations as the District Council, as well as by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. There is continuous liaison with the Police, who can be alerted to any incidents in seconds. Recorded images can be made available to the police to help ensure convictions in court.
Recorded images are not made available to commercial organisations or the media under any circumstances. Warwickshire Police reserve the right to publish images to help solve crimes.
Signs stating that CCTV cameras are in operation are displayed as required by the (GDPR) Data Protection Act 2018. Privacy Zones are fitted to prevent cameras seeing into private properties.
The control room is a restricted area and there is no right of access to anyone other than authorised staff. Police requests to see footage are all recorded and audited.
The people of Warwick District can feel safe in the knowledge that CCTV throughout the town centres is helping to protect them as they work, shop and enjoy themselves in the area both during the daytime and the evening.
The CCTV system which has been in place since 1995 was expanded in 1997 and 2002. In 2020 Warwick District Council future proofed the scheme and upgraded it from an analogue system to a wireless system. The system has contributed to the area being safer and more welcoming to visitors, and is a fine example of the public and private sectors working together in partnership on a project that benefits everyone in Warwick District.
The strength of our CCTV system lies in the excellent partnership between Warwickshire Police, Warwick District Council and private sector organisations. Initiatives and partnerships such as this not only help to reduce crime and disorder, but also allow the people of Warwick District and businesses trading in the area to enjoy a safe and secure environment.
If you are concerned about any aspect of CCTV please contact:
Warwick District Council, Town Hall, Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4AT.