Leeds Watch monitors over 300 CCTV cameras in areas ranging from the city centre to district and town centres across Leeds, bus stations across West Yorkshire and local authority housing and this service is an invaluable part of the current crime reduction strategy.
It has direct links to the city's Urban Traffic Control (UTC) CCTV, the West Yorkshire police area control room in Leeds, and local police stations in Leeds. This includes stations Stainbeck, Weetwood, Pudsey, Elland Road and City Neighbourhood Team. This enables the police to view incidents as they happen and react quickly.
The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are intended to provide public reassurance as part of the crime reduction strategy in crime prevention, detection and making communities feel safer.
Images that are recorded provide vital evidence to law enforcement agencies investigating crime.
CCTV images are viewed daily at the control room by a team of specialist police CCTV liaison officers.
A strict code of practice based on Home Office guidelines governs the use of the CCTV system and relates to issues such as storage, use of the system and deletion of images and recordings. Stringent privacy regulations explicitly prohibit the commercial use of the tapes or their images.
Three mobile CCTV vans operate within the communities of Leeds, working in liaison with Neighbourhood policing teams, and are also used in multi-agency operations.
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Leeds Watch also runs council security officers who maintain the integrity of the council premises, parks watch officers who patrol the city and parkland on off road bikes to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Within Leeds Watch officers tackle noise nuisance and utilise the mobile security vans to respond to reports of noise nuisance and provide re-assurance and gather evidence on this local issue. Please see the ‘Report anti social behaviour and noise nuisance’ page for more information.