CCTV Cameras (outside locations)

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Dear Redditch Borough Council,

CCTV Cameras

INTRODUCTION
This request is for information about all the CCTV cameras in OUTSIDE locations operated by REDDITCH council throughout the whole borough. Please focus only on those which are working, not on any which are broken or being repaired.
It is a request following up a report which said 26 NEW cameras are in use.

We are aware that temporary/mobile cameras are only in specific locations for a period of 3 months/12 weeks – fixed usually to lamp posts.

REQUESTS
1.Please provide:
(i) the total number of permanent cameras.
(ii) the total number of temporary cameras.

2.For each of the permanent cameras kindly say:
(i) the location
(ii) how long it has been there or the date it was installed/erected.

3. For each of the temporary cameras kindly say:
(i) the current location
(ii) how long it has been there or the date it was installed/erected.

4.Please provide details of communities/areas which have requested CCTV cameras since January 2022 and are still on a waiting list.

THANK YOU

Yours faithfully

P. Bladon
(and colleagues)

P. Bladon left an annotation ()

In this F of I request there is reference to "26 new CCTV cameras" - this snippet of information is on page 4 of a 'Vote Conservative' publication/ADVERT supplement - which came with the weekly Redditch Standard newspaper dated Friday 28th April. +=+= Local elections will be held on Thurs. 4th May.

foi RBC, Redditch Borough Council

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Dear P Bladon,

 

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Information Support Officer, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough
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Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

Parkside, Town Hall,

Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

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foi RBC, Redditch Borough Council

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Dear P Bladon,

 

Thank you for your request for information. 

 

This request is for information about all the CCTV cameras in OUTSIDE
locations operated by REDDITCH  council throughout the whole borough.
Please focus only on those which are working, not on any which are broken
or being repaired.

 

It is a request following up a report which said 26 NEW cameras are in
use. This report was in relation to the Safer Streets funding which
included a number of security enhancements in and around Woodrow. The
camera scheme included 24 new cameras plus 2 digital cameras replacing old
analogue cameras in the area.

 

We are aware that temporary/mobile cameras are only in specific locations
for a period of 3 months/12 weeks – fixed usually to lamp posts. 3 months
is the maximum period that Worcestershire County Council (WCC) Highways
give permission for. Where a camera is not mounted on a WCC asset, the
camera may occasionally remain in place for longer if the need remains and
there are no other requests waiting. 

 

REQUESTS

1.Please provide:

(i) the total number of permanent cameras. Not including the Safer Streets
scheme described above but including the 2 digital cameras which replaced
the analogue ones, there are 51 Public space CCTV cameras owned by
Redditch Borough Council (RBC).

(ii) the total number of temporary cameras. RBC owns 3 temporary cameras
(known as “re-deployables”)

 

2.For each of the permanent cameras kindly say:

(i) the location

(ii) how long it has been there or the date it was installed/erected.

 

First
Installation Camera head
Redditch Town Centre date replacement
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
201 Withheld Withheld 2000 2020
202     2000 2021
203     2000 2020
204     2000 2021
205     2000 2020
206     2000 2020
207     2000 2021
208     2000 2020
209     2000 2020
210     2000 2021
211     2000 2020
212     2000 2020
213     2000 2020
214     2000 2020
215     2000 2020
216     2000 2020
217     2000 2020
218     2000 2020
219     2016
220     2016
221     2021
222     2022
223     2022
Batchley District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
224     2000 2021
225     2000 2021
226     2000 2021
227     2000 2021
228     2000 2021
Matchborough District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
229     2002 2021
230     2002 2021
231     2002 2021
232     2002 2021
233     2002 2021
234     2002 2021
   
Headless Cross District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
235     2008 2021
236     2008 2021
237     2008 2021
238     2008 2021
Winyates District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
239     2002 2021
240     2002 2021
241     2002 2021
242     2002 2021
243     2002 2021
Woodrow District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
244     2002
245     2002
246     2002 2022
247     2002 2022
248     2002
249     2002
Church Hill District
Camera Name Camera Location Postcode
250     2013 2022
251     2013 2022

 

 

3. For each of the temporary cameras kindly say:

(i) the current location 2 cameras – location withheld. Camera 3 – Not
currently deployed.

(ii) how long it has been  there or the date it was installed/erected.
Camera 1 – 11.11.2022 and Camera 2 – 29.03.2023.

 

4.Please provide details of communities/areas which have requested CCTV
cameras since January 2022 and are still on a waiting list. Applications
for CCTV are made through the formal application form and follow a process
that includes an evaluation of the application, site assessment for
suitability and consultation with local residents.  There is currently no
waiting list.

 

Where the information is withheld, I can confirm that we hold the
information you requested, however we are withholding that information
since we consider that the exemption under section 31(1)(a), apply to it. 
Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would,
or would be likely to, prejudice—

(a)the prevention or detection of crime.

 

This is a qualified exemption, and the following points were considered
under the public interest test:

• Disclosure of the specific locations of CCTV cameras would be likely
to prejudice the prevention and detection of crime as it would allow
the development of intelligence of CCTV across the area. This
intelligence could then be used by criminals to target their
activities in particular ‘safe areas’ where they could operate
undetected.  The prejudice being claimed is “real, actual and of
substance”, and there is a causal link between disclosure and the
prejudice claimed. It is logical to argue that the disclosure of the
specific location of CCTV cameras would provide those intent on
committing crimes with intelligence that could be used to target areas
where their activities could go undetected.
• The data produced by the councils network of CCTV cameras is used to
prevent and detect many serious crimes. The Council considers that
disclosure of the specific locations of the cameras would compromise
its ability to detect and prevent such activities.
• There is a very significant public interest in protecting society from
the impacts of crime as this in turn prevents the criminal acts which
adversely impact on the public’s wellbeing and the public purse.

 

The council recognises that there is a public interest in knowing the
location of CCTV cameras for the purposes of transparency. However, the
council considers that there is a stronger public interest in maintaining
its ability to effectively gather intelligence to ensure the protection of
public spaces and of the people in the area, therefore in all
circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
  We do hope however, that by providing the number of CCTV cameras in
operation, this goes some way in meeting the public interest test.

 

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Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

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Regards

 

 

Julie Hemming-Smout

Information Support Officer, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough
Councils

 

Tel: (01527) 64252, extension 3871

Email: [2][email address]

Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

Parkside, Town Hall,

Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

Worcestershire B61 8DA Worcestershire B98 8AH

[3]www.bromsgrove.gov.uk [4]www.redditchbc.gov.uk

   

 

 

 

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P. Bladon left an annotation ()

In the reply it says ''There is currently no
waiting list.' One community in the Southcrest Area of Redditch has been waiting MANY months for a CCTV camera - in a place which some residents might refer to as 'a Cannabis Alley' or 'Druggies' Exchange'.

P. Bladon left an annotation ()

In an email from Bev Houghton COMMUNITY SAFETY MANAGER for B'grove District & Redditch Borough Councils it was made absolutely clear that CCTV cameras will not be installed as a deterrent. Also issues like fly tipping (reported to the council) will NOT appear on the https://www.police.uk website 'crimes' map of an area.
[P. Bladon and colleagues]