Public Spaces Surveillance Cameras (CCTV)
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Public spaces surveillance cameras in Basingstoke Town Centre
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council operates public space CCTV cameras in the town centre, which are located throughout public realm areas of the Town Centre. The cameras are monitored at a local control room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The purpose of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council CCTV is to help reduce and detect crime and antisocial behaviour and make people feel safer. To achieve this, the service aims to:
- Assist with the early response to risks and incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour to prevent further escalation.
- Provide evidence to assist with the prosecution of offenders.
- Help ensure the safety and protection of people and places.
- Provide reassurance to people who visit the Town Centre.
- Support local businesses to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour through the Shop Watch and Pub Watch schemes.
- Assist the enforcement of ‘Byelaws for the Good Rule and Government of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane and for the prevention of nuisances’.
In addition to this, last year the Police and Crime Commissioner secured additional funding from the Governments Safer Streets fund. The funding has been used to invest in a range of crime prevention measures In Basingstoke Town Centre. Part of this funding has been used to invest in additional CCTV with some of the additional cameras complementing the councils existing network as well as in other privately-owned areas. Find out more information about the Safer Streets funding
Surveillance cameras at the council’s recycling sites
As a council, we provide and manage recycling facilities at the following sites:
- The Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere
- Brighton Hill Parade, Brighton Hill Centre
- Castons Car Park, New Road
- Popley Fields Community Centre, Carpenters Down
- Winklebury Centre, Winklebury
- Overton Hill Car Park, Overton
Surveillance cameras operate at these locations to deter and capture evidence of waste crime, or what is commonly called ‘fly-tipping’. Footage that captures people fly-tipping will be used to assist with enforcement action or prosecution of offenders.
There are also cameras located at some of the council depots to assist with the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Malls, Leisure Park, Festival Place and some other privately-owned areas also have their own closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems.
Each of our camera locations have been fully considered regarding privacy implications, particularly where cameras exist in residential areas. Part of this assessment has considered ‘privacy marking’, which reviews what CCTV systems can see and ensures it does not cover areas outside its intended use. This is particularly important in areas where residential properties exist. Where this is the case privacy masking software is used. Our CCTV systems are compliant with the Data Protection Act, Human Rights Act and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice requirements.
A copy of the council's CCTV policy can be found below or for further information please email email@example.com