Epping Forest District Council’s (EFDC) Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) schemes exist in order for us to record, view and monitor activity within the intended area of coverage, for the purpose of crime detection, prevention anti-social behaviour and public safety.
EFDC has operated CCTV systems since the late 1990s. Since that time and with the advancement of technology our CCTV has grown and developed. Today we operate over 50 schemes with over 647 cameras across the Epping Forest District
This Local Authority uses overt CCTV in pursuit of a legitimate aim; necessary to meet a pressing need; proportionate; effective, and compliant with any relevant legal obligations. Epping Forest District Council works closely with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in adopting the National CCTV Strategy for best practice. Epping Forest District Council is a member of the National CCTV User Group.
- Help secure and maintain safe environments for those who visit, work in, trade in or enjoy leisure pursuits within the district.
- Operate the council’s CCTV schemes fairly and lawfully and only for the purpose for which they were established, or subsequently agreed in accordance with the CCTV code of practice
What is CCTV?
As the name implies, CCTV is a system in which the circuit is closed and all elements are directly connected. This is unlike broadcast television where any receiver that is correctly tuned can pick up a signal from the airwaves.
Some now refer to CCTV as VSS (Video Surveillance Systems), this is due to significant advances in technology that now allow video images to be streamed over the internet or through Wi-Fi and micro wave links etc.
Probably the most widely known use of CCTV is in security systems and such applications as retail shops, banks, government establishments, etc. The true scope for applications is almost unlimited...some examples are listed below.
- Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
- Environmental Services
- Public places such as high streets
- Domestic and private property.
How does CCTV reduce crime?
CCTV has become an increasingly valued tool in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour. It provides a permanent record of an incident which may be used as evidence in a court of law. Its mere presence can deter criminal activity and alert authorities to enable a faster response to an incident