Community safety

Town centre CCTV

Whether you are working, shopping or socialising in the town centre, Watford's CCTV cameras are helping to keep you and the town safe.

Staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the camera control room operators are keeping an eye out for people doing something illegal or anti-social.

Watford currently has 53 cameras. All are linked to the CCTV control room which shares information with Herts Police HQ. The CCTV operators have radio links with police officers on patrol in the town.

CCTV footage has been used as evidence in legal cases when prosecuting numerous offences, such as shoplifting and public disorder. It is an extremely effective tool in reducing criminal and anti-social behaviour and helps people to feel safer.

There are also three ANPR systems linked to the CCTV control room and to Police HQ. This allows the operators to check cars are legal for road use, if the MOT is current, whether the car is stolen, uninsured or wanted in connection with crime.

The CCTV operators are trained to work within the strict Home Office guidelines which are set to make sure any information seen or heard is managed and used appropriately.

CCTV Annual Report 17-18 final

This report is published in accordance with the principles of the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice – June 2013 (updated in October 2014). 

Closed circuit television (CCTV) continues to be a powerful tool in the continuing fight against crime, particularly when integrated with other crime reduction methods such as retail 'shop-link’ systems. Watford Borough Council, Herts Police, Watford Business against Crime, Safer Watford, and business organisations remain of the view that CCTV will reduce incidents of crime and public disorder where it is either in place or will subsequently be introduced. It also assists in monitoring road safety and improves community confidence thereby creating a safer environment for residents, traders and visitors. 

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