James Brokenshire has underlined the potential benefits of the use of CCTV systems to combat crime in local communities. The Minister’s comments came as the Government published a new code of practice to encourage more effective use of surveillance camera systems and to ensure they are proportionate and more focused on aiding the fight against crime.
The draft code is based on the principle of surveillance by consent – meaning the public can be confident that cameras are not there to spy on them but to protect them and help in the fight against crime. It will give the public the power to hold the police and local authorities to account through greater transparency and is designed to improve the effectiveness of CCTV and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). The code will provide straightforward guidance, helping the police and local authorities to increase image quality and boost the chances of catching criminals.
Responding to questions in the House of Commons on Monday, James Brokenshire said that the Government supported the use of CCTV highlighting how it can be a very important way of bringing criminals to justice. James added that the new Code of Practice was intended to ensure that its use was “effective and commands the support of the public”.