Croydon Council is set to invest in improving community safety across the borough by improving the CCTV system.
The network, comprising of more than 100 cameras across strategic areas in the borough, is designed to deter crime and antisocial behaviour, reduce fear of crime, improve safety and help emergency services.
Parts of the existing analogue network are nearing the end of their serviceable life and the council is seeking to replace it with a new digital system, to increase the network’s capability with higher resolution images.
The council is consulting on how people view the current network and what they think of the council’s priorities for the upgraded system.
“Our CCTV network is an important tool in deterring crime and supporting our vital emergency services.
“The network helps keep all our communities safer in the town and district centres across the borough and supports our drive to reduce violence.
“The investment to replace our CCTV network with state-of-the-art technology is part of the Growth Zone bringing half a billion of funding to regenerate the town centre.
“However, we want to make sure we are using it proportionally and sensibly. That is why we are consulting to make sure we understand how the community expect us to use the network and what they think of it.”
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
The borough’s 96 static cameras and 10 cameras that can be set up at different locations are strategically located at sites with higher levels of reported crime or high footfall.
The council follows the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice in order to balance the need for cameras in public places with individuals’ right to privacy.
Go online to have your say in the consultation. Croydon’s youth engagement service and other partners will be taking extra steps to make sure young people in the borough can have their say on the proposals.