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Mobile CCTV covers entire borough

Boston Borough Council operates one of the best and most up-to-date CCTV systems, but did you know that there is also a mobile CCTV system in operation, travelling the streets of the borough five days every week.

Pictures: The CCTV cameras on the borough's refuse fleet.

The council's bin lorries are each equipped with four CCTV cameras, offering 360 degree non-stop recording as they go about their business.

The cameras serve several different purposes - they can be used for the safety and protection of the crew and the public and to improve efficiency and customer service.

CCTV evidence can be called upon to investigate customer complaints - for instance, to check how a bin collection has been missed - confirming whether or not the bin had actually been presented at the time of collection. Images can also be used when there are issues around overloaded or contaminated bins.

The cameras have already proved useful in providing evidence in cases of driving without due care and attention - one in which an impatient car driver put the bin men in danger by overtaking the lorry on the footpath.

In another incident CCTV footage showed the circumstances in which two other vehicles were in collision as they were driven near a passing bin lorry. The footage settled the argument about who was to blame.

Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "The lorries were equipped principally for our own benefit, but the cameras are proving worthwhile in other areas. Properly authorised agencies, such as the police, can review the footage to aid criminal investigations, for instance.

"They are all-seeing eyes on the vehicles which travel along every road in the borough where there is refuse to be collected."

Related documents

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[228kb] Protocol for Management of CCTV on Waste Operation Vehicles BBC CCTV protocol on waste vehicles
[228kb] Privacy Impact Assessment CCTV on operational vehicles Privacy Impact Assessment CCTV on operational vehicles

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