It is often cited that UK citizens are the most watched in the world – one fifth of the world’s CCTV cameras can be found in UK despite having only one 100th of the population.
Richmond Council partner with the Richmond Upon Thames Division of the Met Police to use CCTV to make the borough a safer place to live, work and visit. Their CCTV code of practice is to promote safety and crime prevention.
- To discourage all types of criminal activity in the area.
- To assist the Police in providing a swift response to criminal and anti social activity.
- To provide evidence to assist in the detection and prosecution of perpetrators of criminal activity.
- To promote a safer environment for all members of society who live, work or visit the borough.
- To promote and facilitate an active partnership in the discouragement of crime, between the Police, the Council, the business community and the resident and visitors to the area.
- To alert the emergency services in the event of fire, road traffic accidents or people needing assistance.
- To assist in Traffic Management and enforcement.
- To assist in the event of a civil emergency or disaster
[Update June] This camera outside Natwest has now been removed – perhaps this was just temporary test.