CCTV operations in South Kesteven - which have helped make 548 arrests - are given thumbs-up
CCTV cameras in Grantham and across the district have recorded 2,421 incidents that were reported to police since April 1 last year, leading to 548 arrests.
The figures were revealed as the CCTV system across the district, which is based in Grantham, was given an official accreditation.
South Kesteven District Council’s CCTV team has received a one-year Certificate of Compliance after its CCTV monitoring operation was found to comply with the national code of practice.
An independent assessor carried out a review before assuring the surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, that SKDC’s operation of the system fully complies with his requirements.
Cabinet member for commercial and operations Councillor Peter Moseley said: “The cameras give residents peace of mind and help our partners in law enforcement to increase public safety and reduce crime across the wider area.
“We welcome the independent scrutiny of our CCTV operations and I am delighted we have received this recognition. It is a tribute to the hard work of our CCTV team who play a significant role in crime prevention.”
The seal of approval applies to the council and all systems under its control but there was a specific focus during the assessment on the town centre cameras (Public Space CCTV) operation.
The certificate provides reassurance to the public that the cameras are effectively managed and that information gathered is used appropriately. The code of practice aims to balance the need for cameras in public places with individuals’ rights to privacy.
SKDC operates more than 70 cameras covering public open spaces in Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings. They are monitored round-the-clock.
Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter said: “I am delighted that South Kesteven District Council has demonstrated its commitment to transparency, standards, good practice and protecting the public by achieving my third party certification mark.
“Certification allows organisations to visibly demonstrate that their systems comply with the 12 principles in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice."
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