We operate and share running costs of a CCTV control centre with Gosport Borough Council. It is monitored at various times during the day, seven days a week.
The equipment has been upgraded and now includes a new command & control system, with mapping and display of the Borough's camera locations. Keyboard and joystick controls allow operators to manage cameras to suit operational needs. The new digital recording system records every camera at 12.5 images per second. In addition, the six operator monitor's video is recorded in real time (25 images per second) to ensure best quality for any incidents monitored. The police are also able to review recorded images to determine if evidence is available for specific incidents they are investigating. We also use the cameras to monitor traffic through the ROMANSE (Road Management System for Europe) system with Hampshire County Council.
We, the police and Fareham Community Safety Partnership continually assess the need for CCTV cameras. Cameras are installed as and when necessary for the benefit of our residents and to help police prevent and reduce crime. There are currently 44 CCTV cameras within the Borough, linked into the main control centre with 'stand alone' systems at some local community centres. Use of the CCTV cameras:
CCTV cameras are often located in 'hot spots' – areas that because of the level of reported crime need additional surveillance support to detect crime and reduce fear of it.
A full list of camera locations is below:
The camera movements are strictly controlled and are limited by the Human Rights and Data Protection Acts. The way the cameras are set up prevents staff in the control centre from invading the privacy of residents in their homes. We have copyright and ownership of the recordings and access is strictly controlled. For example, if someone bumps a car and the owner wanted to see if it was recorded by the CCTV camera, they would need to either contact the police dealing with the matter or their solicitor. You can see more information at subject access information.
A code of practice has been drawn up and agreed by the interested parties to govern the way we manage the control centre and CCTV facilities. It aims to ensure the most effective use of CCTV to prevent crime, identify people who commit crime and uphold the civil liberties of local residents, shoppers and other genuine users of the town centre. Management of other Council remote systems and those maintained by private security and other bodies is in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Code.
The Office of Information Commissioner has issued a code of practice for users of public area CCTV systems . You can get a copy from the CCTV manager on 01329 236100 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon request of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Fareham Borough Council has completed a self-assessment tool (305 KB) in order to identify compliance with the 12 guiding principles of the surveillance camera code of practice.
From time to time, we receive requests for additional cameras. Any more cameras will be installed in collaboration with the police and Fareham Community Safety Partnership.
For more information on CCTV, contact Fareham Borough Council on 01329 236100.