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Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Bournemouth


Bournemouth Borough Council CCTV Community Safety System has evolved from the formation of a partnership between Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset Police. The system comprises a number of cameras installed at strategic locations. Some of the cameras are fully operational with pan, tilt and zoom facilities whereas others are fixed cameras. Images from both types of camera are received in the CCTV Control Room.

CCTV Camera Locations and Arcs of Observation|


The Bournemouth Borough Council CCTV Community Safety System has been notified to the Information Commissioner. The Council's notification for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be viewed on the Information Commissioner's website|

The objectives of the system are to:

  1. Assist in the detection of crime by providing evidence in criminal proceedings.
  2. Deter crime, improve public safety and enhance the general public's perception of safety.
  3. Assist in the prevention and reduction of public disorder and anti-social behaviour.
  4. Assist the tracking and apprehension of persons who are suspected of having committed a criminal offence.
  5. Assist in identifying witnesses.
  6. Promote the objectives of Dorset Police and the Safer and Stronger Communities partnership with regard to the 'Make Dorset Safer' campaign.
  7. To assist in the overall town centre management of Bournemouth.
  8. To assist the Council in its enforcement, regulatory functions and traffic management within Bournemouth.  

Bournemouth Borough Council Code of Practice| 


Our Code of Practice reflects the 12 Guiding Principles listed in the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013.

  1. Use of a surveillance camera system must always be for a specified purpose which is in pursuit of a legitimate aim and necessary to meet an identified pressing need.
  2. The use of a surveillance camera system must take into account its effect on individuals and their privacy, with regular reviews to ensure its use remains justified.
  3. There must be as much transparency in the use of a surveillance camera system as possible, including a published contact point for access to information and complaints.
  4. There must be clear responsibility and accountability for all surveillance camera system activities including images and information collected, held and used.
  5. Clear rules, policies and procedures must be in place before a surveillance camera system is used, and these must be communicated to all who need to comply with them.
  6. No more images and information should be stored than that which is strictly required for the stated purpose of a surveillance camera system, and such images and information should be deleted once their purposes have been discharged.
  7. Access to retained images and information should be restricted and there must be clearly defined rules on who can gain access and for what purpose such access is granted; the disclosure of images and information should only take place when it is necessary for such a purpose or for law enforcement purposes.
  8. Surveillance camera system operators should consider any approved operational, technical and competency standards relevant to a system and its purpose and work to meet and maintain those standards.
  9. Surveillance camera system images and information should be subject to appropriate security measures to safeguard against unauthorised access and use.
  10. There should be effective review and audit mechanisms to ensure legal requirements, policies and standards are complied with in practice, and regular reports should be published.
  11. When the use of a surveillance camera system is in pursuit of a legitimate aim, and there is a pressing need for its use, it should then be used in the most effective way to support public safety and law enforcement with the aim of processing images and information of evidential value.
  12. Any information used to support a surveillance camera system which compares against a reference database for matching purposes should be accurate and kept up to date. 

Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice June 2013|

Bournemouth Borough Council Data Subject Access Request Form|

CCTV Bi Annual Report 2012|

CCTV Performance Report April 2012 -March 2013|

CCTV Performance Figures April 2013 - March 2014|

CCTV Performance Figures April-December 2014|

CCTV Annual Report 2013|

CCTV Public Perception Survey November 2013|


Redeployable CCTV cameras

A number of redeployable CCTV cameras are available for temporary deployment. Please see the deployment guidelines|.


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