Private CCTV

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1181
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has recently suggested that an increase in private CCTV cameras would aid police in solving crime. Currently domestic CCTV is unregulated, and civil liberties organisations have raised concerns about an increase in privately owned CCTV being encouraged. How effective is London's current private CCTV network in assisting the police solve crime, and what expected results would there be from an increase in its use?

Answer

Answer for Private CCTV

Answer for Private CCTV

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My main priority for tackling crime is maintaining frontline policing. Whilst CCTV can be a useful tool, it depends on the calibre of the picture as to whether it can reduce crime and be used in court. I expect the MPS to work with the private sector according to requirements of the Information Commissioner's Code of Practice.