CCTV & IP Camera Surveillance

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Internet Protocol Camera (IP Camera) surveillance of public areas, such as car parks, housing estates and town centres is increasingly commonplace.

Public and private CCTV and IP Camera systems can be deployed for a number of reasons:

• Monitoring public areas to detect incidents and to coordinate police responses. CCTV is also used as an aid for enforcing exclusion orders (where an offender is barred from an area) - see box opposite.
• Recording events for use as evidence and to inform investigations.
• Directed surveillance of suspected offenders.
• Deterrence of criminal activity.