Central Bedfordshire Council's Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) scheme helps reduce crime, nuisance and anti-social behaviour and assists in securing arrests and prosecutions.
Their cameras are located in town centres, car parks and several smaller retail areas.
The Council records images from control rooms in Dunstable and Stevenage. Cameras record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Images are retained for 21 days at Dunstable and 28 days at Stevenage.
Central Bedfordshire Council also operates several
Central Bedfordshire Council maintains public safety via the effective deployment of
Central Bedfordshire's CCTV team can view
Having invested heavily in a state-of-the-art control room, Central Bedfordshire
These parish councils do not have the infrastructure or capacity to monitor their own cameras regularly, nor did they have the required CCTV legislation experience to allow them to establish an effective deployment programme.
Therefore, the local Parish Councils collaborated with Central Bedfordshire, enabling them to tap into Central Bedfordshire's expertise and CCTV infrastructure. At the same time, Central Bedfordshire CCTV established an additional revenue stream for the support services provided.
As Central Bedfordshire is a predominantly rural authority, WCCTV’s
Furthermore, the flexibility of
Following these successes, Woughton Town Council also purchased WCCTV's 4G IR Speed Dome cameras, which are now being monitored and supported from Central Bedfordshire’s control room. Woughton benefit from having access to a robust CCTV infrastructure, whilst Central Bedfordshire can generate a regular income.
“We have been able to respond quickly and efficiently to requests for cameras to monitor anti-social behaviour and criminal damage,
and have been able to provide reassurance to residents that their concerns are taken seriously by the authority whilst generating
additional revenue for the council.
One notable incident meant that we were able to use a WCCTV camera to record a robbery at a shop and use the footage we gathered to assist the police in arresting the offender.”
CCTV Team Leader, Community Service - Central Bedfordshire Council