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Police force says CCTV doesn’t work

According to a survey carried out in 2013 by the British Security Industry Association there are between 4 and 5.9 million CCTV surveillance cameras in the UK, roughly one for every 11 head of population. The majority of these are in private locations; shops, storerooms, warehouses and so on.

However one police force has announced that CCTV isnt helping to cut crime and is winding down its camera surveillance operations, using the cash saved to put more police officers back on the streets.

An independent report for Dyfed-Powys Police found the cameras had “little success in deterring violent crime or anti-social behaviour”.

Christopher Salmon, the force’s police and crime commissioner, said: “We must spend every pound where it delivers.

“In the meantime, I’m giving the public what they ask me for – more bobbies on the beat.”

Mr Salmon said he will discuss the inquiry findings with the Chief Constable Simon Prince and county council leaders before agreeing to stop the CCTV monitoring in the New Year.

“I look forward to our discussions to agree a solution for CCTV that delivers value and that most of all is effective,” he said.

“This research will be an important reference point as we develop a strategy.”

The cameras are expected to remain in position but will not be routinely monitored.

Footage could be retained and used in criminal prosecutions on a case-by-case basis.

Records in the force showed that for the year to August only 1.5 per cent of case files used publicly-controlled CCTV evidence, and 2.2 per cent used evidence from private systems.