CCTV in Public Spaces

The purpose of town centre CCTV is to deter and detect crime, thereby creating a safer environment for the whole community. Around 30% of the incidents we monitor involve vulnerable or ill individuals, who are in need of medical assistance or other help.

We understand that there may be public concern over the use of CCTV in public spaces. We work closely with town council staff to ensure that the privacy of individuals is not compromised. We ensure this in a number of ways including:

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  • strict controls on access to CCTV recordings and the monitoring room
  • the locations and coverage of the cameras

All monitoring personnel are Security Industry Authority trained. They operate according to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice and our own operation regulations. You can find links to and/or copies of these documents in the useful documents section of this webpage.

Eleven Cornish town councils are taking part in the scheme. They are:

  • Bodmin
  • Camborne
  • Falmouth
  • Hayle
  • Helston
  • Penryn
  • Penzance
  • Redruth
  • St Ives
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge

There are 112 cameras in operation across these locations. We work closely with Devon and Cornwall Police. We use CCTV to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and protect vulnerable people in their local communities.

The scheme is funded entirely by the town councils via council tax. The aim of this innovative scheme is to provide a safer environment in the eleven towns for

  • residents
  • local businesses and
  • visitors

Through the use of CCTV, we aim to deter anti-social behaviour and prevent crime.  

The 360-degree cameras provide high quality digital images that we can use to support police prosecutions.  A link is also established to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro. This allows us to access the images in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires.

Personnel from the Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services. This means they can call for immediate help for anyone they see who has fallen ill or is injured in an emergency.

A special stakeholder group has been set up to oversee and manage the scheme. The group is comprised of members and clerks from the Town Councils, together with representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Cornwall Police. It is chaired by a member from a different council each year.

The CCTV system is used for the following purposes:

  • To help identify, and summon help for, vulnerable people, including those in need of medical assistance
  • To work in partnership with the police to improve community safety
  • To reduce the fear of crime, which includes assisting the police in the prevention and/or detection of crime
  • To enable the identification, apprehension and prosecution of people carrying out crime, disorder and other criminal matters.
  • To assist Police Controllers to allocate an appropriate response to incidents  
  • To assist the local authority with enforcement information and action under its licensing powers.
Town No. Cameras
Bodmin 13
Camborne 7
Falmouth 16
Hayle 6
Helston 8
Penryn 4
Penzance 17
Redruth 8
St Ives 6
Truro 21
Wadebridge  6
Total 112