We operate a Public Spaces Surveillance System (CCTV) covering the main shopping areas and car parks in:
The control room is supported by direct access to police radio systems and a Shop Watch scheme which operates in Northallerton and Thirsk.
The cameras are located as follows:
- 42 fixed cameras in public spaces
- 24 cameras covering council buildings and infrastructure in the Hambleton area
- 6 mobile cameras that can be moved to crime or anti-social behaviour ‘hot spots’ as required
Why do we need CCTV?
The main aims of the CCTV are:
- to help detect and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
- assist with the prosecution of offenders
- provide the Police and the Council with evidence to take criminal and civil action in the Courts
- reduce the fear of crime and provide reassurance to the public
- protect property and assets owned by the Council and others
- provide assistance to emergency services
- provide support to those businesses where Shopwatch operates and to provide monitoring and assurance to the Street Angels scheme in Northallerton
Data protection and CCTV
In accordance with the data protection and human rights law:
- images are retained for 32 days unless they are required by the Police for evidence
- access to recordings and to the CCTV control room is restricted
- all operators must pass police vetting for use of airwaves radio, an advanced DBS check and hold a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Licence
What is Shop Watch?
Shop Watch is a crime prevention scheme providing assistance and security to businesses so they can provide extra protection to their staff, stock and customers.
A network of town centre businesses are linked to each other and the Council’s CCTV control room by a two-way radio network. This provides a quick method of communicating details of potential shoplifters or those committing anti-social behaviour directly to a CCTV operator and other Shop Watch members.
The scheme currently operates in Northallerton and Thirsk.
For further details and to join Shop Watch, contact us.
If you or your vehicle has been involved in a road traffic collision in an area covered by our CCTV, then we may be able to help your insurance company or the Police with providing evidence to support your claim.
To provide any footage we will need:
- your insurance company to contact us within 31 days of the collision date – footage will not be available after this time
- the date, time, details of the collision and location
- car details – make, model, colour and registration number
We cannot review the system for requests made by members of the public for road traffic collisions – your insurance company should contact us.
Charges for CCTV footage
To enable the Council to recover costs associated with processing footage requests to third parties in connection with legal proceedings or for obtaining legal advice under s35 of the Data Protection Act, the following charges apply:
- £53 search fee for all requests
- £53 flat rate fee to provide evidence
Codes of practice
- Download the Hambleton District Council CCTV Surveillance service operational code of practice (pdf / 900 KB)