The Group uses closed circuit television (CCTV) to:
- help reduce the fear of crime for service users and employees, particularly for those entering and leaving premises during the hours of darkness;
- assist in the prevention and detection of crime against persons and property;
- facilitate the identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders in relation to crime.
The Group will adhere to the following principles:
- cameras will not be hidden from view;
- signage will inform the public and employees of the presence, purpose and ownership of the CCTV system;
- cameras will be positioned to avoid impinging on the privacy of individuals not visiting the premises and not involved in unlawful activity;
- the systems will not be subject to live monitoring or control, except at Miles Platting where staff or contractors monitor building access;
- images will be retained for a maximum period of 30 days and only viewed if an incident comes to light;
- recorded images will be secured safely and only viewed by authorised persons.
The Group will make available CCTV footage when requested (on DVD or other suitable means) to:
- law enforcement agencies, where it is believed that the images will assist in a legal enquiry;
- prosecuting agencies;
- legal representatives;
- the media, where a decision has been made by the police that the footage is needed to assist in identification of the perpetrator of a criminal incident (the wishes of the victim will be taken into account);
- fulfill the requirements of a subject access request by an individual, including employees.
The Group’s CCTV installations include a number of workplace locations. Where images captured on CCTV support allegations or reveal evidence of gross misconduct, the Group reserves the right to use these images in bringing a disciplinary case against an employee for gross misconduct.
The Group may use mobile phone footage or audio recordings supplied by residents to assist it in taking action against alleged perpetrators of anti social or criminal behaviour