Leeds City Council Community Safety CCTV monitors over 300 CCTV cameras in areas ranging from the city centre to district and town centres across Leeds, 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 in Millgarth, Stainbeck, Weetwood, Pudsey, Holbeck, and Leeds Bridewell. This enables the police to view incidents as they happen.
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 allaying the fear of crime.
Images that are recorded provide vital evidence to law enforcement agencies that can lead to the apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
Two mobile CCTV vans operate within the communities of Leeds, working in liaison with neighbourhood policing teams, and are also used in multi-agency operations.
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.
For further information on CCTV contact Leeds Community Safety on 0113 24 74159.