CCTV in Hambleton
Our Public Spaces Surveillance System (CCTV) covers the main shopping areas and car parks of Northallerton, Thirsk, Stokesley and Bedale. Currently there are 42 fixed cameras in public spaces, 24 cameras covering Hambleton District Council buildings and infrastructure (internally and externally) and 6 mobile cameras which can be deployed in crime or anti-social behaviour ‘hot spots’ in response to changing needs.
The primary purpose of the scheme is to ensure public safety; providing a safe public environment in the Hambleton District for the benefit of those who live, trade, visit, service and enjoy the facilities of the area. This is a legitimate aim and pressing need for Hambleton District Council.
In delivering its primary purpose, the CCTV surveillance system contributes to the following objectives managed via pro-active and reactive monitoring of the system and use of the deployable cameras if required:
- assisting in the detection and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour; along with the maintenance of public order
- facilitating the apprehension and prosecution of offenders in relation to crime and public order
- reducing the fear of crime and providing reassurance to the public
- providing the Police and Council with evidence to take criminal and civil action in the Courts
- assisting in improving the environment in the areas monitored
- protecting property and assets owned by Hambleton District Council and others
- providing assistance to emergency services
- providing support to businesses in the areas where Shopwatch operates; providing monitoring and reassurance to Street Angels in Northallerton
The control room is supported by direct access to police radio systems and a shop watch scheme which operates in Northallerton and Thirsk.
In accordance with the data protection and human rights law:
- images are retained for a period of 31 days unless required by the police for evidence
- access to recordings and to the CCTV control room is restricted
- all operators must pass police vetting for use of airwaves radio, an advanced DBS check and hold a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Licence
Codes of Practice
When we use our CCTV, we have to follow Government Guidelines which can be found here
Our Code of Practice is based on the 12 Guiding Principles listed in the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013: