CCTV Public Space Surveillance
CCTV is used for the monitoring of public spaces: the places that we share, socialise and travel freely through every day. Boston Borough Council provides an extensive network of CCTV cameras covering the town centre and other public spaces.
The CCTV system was first introduced to Boston in December 1994 with 10 town centre cameras being installed, followed shortly after by 2 cameras in Kirton. In December 2000, the Borough Council received a successful bid from the Home Office to extend the current system to take the total number of cameras up to 61, this included the installation of 10 Cameras on Fenside Estate.
We now monitor 68 cameras which include coverage of:
- Boston Town Centre
- Kirton Village
- Boston College Sites
- Redstone Industrial Estate
- Pilgrim Hospital
- Pescod Square
The CCTV system is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
All CCTV operators are fully trained in the use of the system, it's Code of Practice and Operating Procedures. These cover all aspects of the system including important legislation such as:
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
All of our CCTV operators are fully Security Industry Authority licensed for Public Space Surveillance.
The Boston Borough Council CCTV control room acts as liaison and communications hub for multiple agencies working in partnership to create a safer and more enjoyable environment to live and work.
We believe that good communication is at the core of successful partnership working. The CCTV control room is connected to local business and partner agencies through the Shop-Watch / Pub-Watch radio system, Telephone, Internet & Email. In 2010, CCTV operators logged over 3500 important messages from Partnership Agencies. We are at the centre of a group of agencies that include:
- Police & PCSO
- Boston BID Town Rangers
- Street Pastors
- Night-Time Economy Officers
- Retail Premises
- Pubs and Club
We also work with Boston Mayflower , Longhurst Housing Association and our colleagues in other departments of Boston Borough Council. Each of these agencies have their own aims and objectives. The CCTV Control Room allows these agencies to work together to help create a better Boston
In 2010 Boston Borough Council CCTV recorded:
- Nearly 2000 incidents
- Over 2000 visitors to the CCTV Suite
- Produced over 300 pieces of evidence for police and court use
- Contributed to 803 arrests
Want to do something about Crime?
Do not get disheartened. Always report any crime that you see or experience. You may not think that anything will happen, but even the smallest detail could add the final piece to a larger jigsaw of evidence against a persistent offender.
- In the case of an emergency, always call 999.
- For non-emergency police matters call 101
- To give anonymous information contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- For Anti-Social Behaviour contact our Community Safety Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01205 314318
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