Local authorities are switching of CCTV surveillance systems due to lack of funding, report suggests
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An increasingly higher number of local authorities across the UK are forced to switch off their CCTV surveillance systems in order to achieve budget savings, Tony Porter, the surveillance camera commissioner, wrote in his annual report for 2015-16.
The monitoring of cameras has been reduced in many areas, with systems switched off completely in others, potentially leaving the public at greater risk, the report suggests.
The report noted research which found a 46.4% decrease in council spending on the installation, maintenance and monitoring of CCTV since 2012, with spending on paid CCTV operators dropping by 47%. It also pointed out a common theme of disputes between local councils and police over who should pay for the service.
The surveillance camera commissioner strongly encouraged collaboration between local authorities to maximise the benefit of CCTV, such as splitting funding with the police and updating systems with digital HD equipment.
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