National Strategic Objectives for CCTV Askam Parish Council in conjunction with Cumbria Police operates the CCTV camera systems in compliance with 2 of the purposes set out in the Information Commissioners CCTV Code of Practice.
This states that CCTV camera use must be necessary to address one of the following pressing needs:
- Crime Prevention (including antisocial behaviour)
- Public Safety
- National Security.
Under Section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 all Local Authorities have a statutory obligation to bring together named ‘Responsible Authorities’ to work in partnership to develop and implement strategies to protect the local community from crime and disorder related issues including; anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse and reoffending.
In Askam and Ireleth this partnership includes representatives from Askam and Ireleth Parish Council and Cumbria Police.
CCTV is employed to:
- Assist in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Ensure that the CCTV systems are operated in accordance with regulatory requirements in a transparent and cost efficient manner, taking account of appropriate technological developments
- Assist in the protection of Askam and Ireleth residents, assets and public areas
- Assist Askam and Ireleth Parish Council and Cumbria Police and other statutory and enforcement agencies in carrying out their regulatory, investigatory and enforcement duties in Askam
- The camera locations cover one of the only two routes out of Askam
- CCTV is a proven tool in detecting crimes and identifying perpetrators
- Using CCTV can reduce the time and cost of police investigations
- CCTV captures actual events
- CCTV is proportionate with the problem that it is designed to deal with
- Signage is predominant in the area covered by the cameras
- Images are stored for 31 days.
Askam and Ireleth Parish Council and Cumbria Police are responsible for the management of three public realm Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) systems which it operates on Duke Street.
The CCTV cameras are used to improve public safety and to assist in the prevention and detection of crime and disorder.
- The cameras operated are fixed (static) location visible cameras
- The cameras do not have sound recording capability.
The cameras are not monitored but images will be stored for 31 days and can be reviewed by the police in the event of an incident. The Police have a legal basis for request of disclosure of personal data from organisations but disclosure in general is covered under the Data Protection Act.
- There is restricted access to the viewing of images
- Signage will be displayed to advise the public that CCTV is in operation
Generally, non-covert cameras are used by the Council to cover:
- Public spaces
- The railway Crossing and its’ Junction with Ireleth Road
- The Jubilee Fountain and Garden area
- Adjoining streets.
Askam and Ireleth Parish Council is responsible for the maintenance of the static CCTV systems and uses a private CCTV contractor to carry out CCTV work on behalf of the Council.
Camera Life Expectancy
The average projected life span of an external CCTV camera is estimated at between 6 to 8 years. This is dependent on; the type of camera and camera mount, the exposure of the camera site; the camera receiving regular maintenance over its life span; and on the camera being subject to a mid-life span refurbishment programme.
CCTV Contacts and Complaints in writing in the first instance to –
Chairman Askam and Ireleth Parish Council
Clerk to the Parish Council.
2 Avocet Crescent
Askam in Furness
Cumbria, LA16 7HP.