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Central Bedfordshire - Town Council Support

Background

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 a number of 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 a number of redeployable CCTV cameras which are placed in hot spot areas where static CCTV does not exist. Local residents are always contacted prior to deployment of a mobile camera.

The Problem

Central Bedfordshire Council maintains public safety via the effective deployment of redeployable CCTV.  They tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and environmental crimes utilising several WCCTV 4G IR Speed Domes connected to their central control room.

Central Bedfordshire's CCTV team are able to view live and recorded footage from WCCTV's redeployable CCTV cameras using their existing control room, as WCCTV's cameras integrate with their existing video management platforms.

Having invested heavily in a state-of-the-art control room, Central Bedfordshire have been able to support their surrounding parish councils who have a need for one or two redeployable cameras to cover local hotspots.

These parish councils do not have the infrastructure or capacity to monitor their own cameras on a regular basis, nor did they have the required experience of CCTV legislation to allow them to establish an effective deployment programme.

The local Parish Councils, therefore, collaborated with Central Bedfordshire, enabling them to tap into Central Bedfordshire's expertise and CCTV infrastructure, while Central Bedfordshire CCTV established an additional revenue stream for the support services they were providing.

 Bedfordshire Control Room

The Solution

As Central Bedfordshire is a predominantly rural authority, WCCTV’s redeployable, portable cameras have allowed the Council to respond to problems in remote locations where fixed static CCTV systems are not an option due to the cost of installation and backhaul of data.

Furthermore, the flexibility of redeployable systems gives the Council the opportunity to respond quickly and in a cost-effective manner to changing requirements.

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 are able to generate a regular income.

 

The Result 

“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

 

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Public Sector CCTV

WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome with NPR

WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome

The Benefits of Redeployable CCTV

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