CCTV in Hambleton

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.

Our Code of Practice is based on the 12 Guiding Principles listed in the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013.

Traffic Collisions

If you or your vehicle has been involved in a road traffic collision in an area covered by our Public Spaces CCTV, then we may be able to assist your insurance company or Police with the provision of evidence to support your claim.

Your insurance company must contact us within 31 days of the collision date; footage will not be obtainable after this date.  In order for the system to be reviewed, we will need the date, time, car details – make, model, colour, registration, details of the collision and location – this needs to be as specific as possible.  If we have captured any footage, then this can be provided to the insurance company but will need to be collected in person from the Civic Centre in Northallerton.

Please ask your insurance company to contact us by email to [email protected]

We cannot review the system for any requests made by members of the public for road traffic collisions.

Privacy, Human Rights and Data Protection

The CCTV system is used to prevent and detect crime in our district. Whilst the cameras monitor and record moving images of people including information that can lead to their identification ie appearance and/or movements and activities; it is not designed to spy on people going about their lawful, normal daily business. We do not record audio through the CCTV cameras.

All recordings are kept for a maximum of 31 days and then wiped unless they are needed by the police for evidence. Evidential recordings are then stored in a secure room until they are required for use in court, or the Police advise us that they can be destroyed.

Access to the CCTV control room and associated equipment is restricted to CCTV Operators who have all gone through a vetting procedure before taking up employment with Hambleton District Council. Access to any recordings held in the control room is also restricted to operators and police officers for the purpose of criminal investigations.  This is a very important part of the Data Protection and Human Rights Act.

Privacy of those going about their lawful, normal daily business is of paramount importance to us.  We have Data Protection Impact Assessments in place for our main system cameras as well as for each camera deployed through the redeployable system.  These are reviewed on a regular basis; every year for the main system and quarterly for each mobile system.

CCTV Performance

Subject Access Requests

As a UK Citizen, you have the right to request closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of yourself.

For this information, you will need to make a formal written request to Hambleton District Council. You need to have all the relevant details of the information you require, such as

  • Specific and accurate date and time
  • Proof of your Identity
  • A full and accurate description of yourself during the time and date you request

Please be aware that due to current UK Government law if the footage you have requested contains images of other people that cannot be edited out it will not be released, and the request will be denied. This is in order to protect other people’s identity and to ensure complete compliance with the current Data Protection and Human rights law.

If the footage you request if found to contain anything that is currently being investigated by the police, the request will also be denied.