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Safety and crime

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

3. CCTV

There are over 50 CCTV cameras throughout the Borough. The vast majority of them are situated within Gravesend town centre and all major routes into and out of the town are covered. Gravesham also owns a number of temporary cameras that are used to support multi-agency work to address short-term problems in certain locations.

The cameras are there to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, potentially provide evidence to assist with the investigation of offences and prosecute offenders and to improve people’s feelings of safety. The system is also often used to help find people reported as missing and to track down children who get separated from the parent/carer whilst out in the town.

Gravesham’s CCTV service is managed and delivered on a daily basis by Medway Commercial Group with cameras in operation and directly monitored 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Public enquiries regarding CCTV footage should be made directly to the Control Centre by emailing control.centre@mcgsolutions.co.uk or calling 01634 567999.

Can you put CCTV cameras up on your property?

If you own your own property, it is legal to install CCTV (even with recording and playback capabilities) to protect your property against intruders and trespassers. You cannot put cameras up on other people’s property without their consent, so if you do not own the property where you live e.g. if you are renting from a landlord, you will need the owner’s written permission to use CCTV.

If you wish to use CCTV follow these steps:

  • Contact the Council’s Planning Department as certain installations may require planning permission. The Planning Department can be contacted by emailing planning.admin@gravesham.gov.uk or by phoning 01474 337688;
  • Check position – decide on the most effective positioning of the camera(s) and field of view. Make sure that your camera(s) are trained on your property and not on that of your neighbours;
  • Check installation/maintenance – whilst it may be possible to do this yourself, if you intend to use a private company, we recommend that you check references;
  • Check safety – ensure your camera(s) are fitted and installed correctly, securely and safely to avoid any risk of harm to you, your family or members of the public.

Whilst it is lawful for you to monitor your own property for security purposes, the manner in which CCTV is used (particularly where the field of view covers areas outside your property) could be deemed an invasion of other people’s privacy and/or lead to claims of harassment. The boundary of your garden is a good guideline to use – anything beyond that could be deemed intrusive. For more information, you may want to visit the Home Office website and use the search facility.

Can we install CCTV on your road?

To be able to install CCTV in your road, there really has to be a good reason to do so. The cameras must be proportionate and necessary in relation to the problem your want to address. This basically means that using cameras to deter or detect crime or persistent and serious Anti-Social Behaviour, where the footage obtained could be valuable in securing a criminal prosecution.

We can't install CCTV to tackle issues such as parking offences, dog fouling or littering. The cost to do this would include buying the cameras, installing them and maintaining them is something we'd only consider as a last resort and for dealing with the most serious matters of public safety.

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