Met Police fails to use CCTV surveillance footage at its full potential, former detective argues

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The Met Police is not using the numerous CCTV surveillance systems installed across London at their full potential, a former detective chief inspector has revealed.

Former detective Mick Neville said that CCTV images were found in less than two per cent of cases in London during eight months last year, as images were not routinely collected by police.

Of 515,193 crimes recorded by the Met between April and November, CCTV images were found in 9,745 cases. A total of 84,035 offences were solved, including 1,629 with the help of CCTV. There were also 15,330 robberies in the same period. The Met solved 1,515 of these, but only 64 using CCTV.

Mr Neville said: “The Met has the best system in the world for identifying suspects who are caught on camera in connection with crimes but it is not getting the images.

“All these cameras are on and capturing images of suspects, but they are not being used to anything like their full potential.”

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