Stevenage-based CCTV centre monitors over 800 cameras

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A Stevenage-based CCTV monitoring centre that grown from overseeing just 11 cameras in the new town to being accountable for more than 800 cameras across two counties, a recent news report has been able to reveal.

The Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership was established in 1995 as part of Stevenage Borough Council and has steadily expanded in the two decades since. It now monitors more than 800 cameras across two counties, keeping an eye on what’s going on in Royston, Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth as well as other towns.

Staff regularly work with the police when they see crimes being committed, and are often asked to help find missing people and criminals on the loose.

Despite its growth the partnership’s running costs have fallen by nearly £90,000 over the past five years. In fact, the costs of running the network were of around £180,000 last year – something manager Michael Read puts down to outsourcing a lot of the work and creating new business.

“The operators are from a private company we hire in and the police send officers who are on restricted duties to collect CCTV evidence.

“All we provide is the disks so we’re spending nothing on labour which has saved us a fortune.” he commented.

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