CCTV crime-fighting role revealed by police

CCTV crime-fighting role revealed by police

CCTV cameras have proved to be a very effective weapon in the fight against crime in the county

CCTV cameras have proved to be a very effective weapon in the fight against crime in the county

CCTV cameras have proved to be a very effective weapon in the fight against crime in the county

First published in News

Police have revealed the crucial role of business and technology in the fight against crime.

CCTV system i-Witness, created by BT’s data and surveillance division, monitored more than 41,000 incidents in Sussex during the past year.

The system contributed to arrests in more than 500 incidents.

Police resources were spared in more than 370 cases because live footage showed an incident had been resolved and there was no need for a police officer.

The i-Witness network, image storage and retrieval technology gives Sussex Police stations access to CCTV evidence from the 419 cameras installed around the county.

The technology boasts 450 terrabytes of storage – enough to store 100,000 DVDs or 725,850 music CDs.

Julian Butcher, BT Redcare’s delivery manager, said: “BT Redcare has deployed 50 i-Witness terminals in the offices of Sussex police and local authorities, which allow CCTV controllers to monitor 30 towns and villages, including Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Eastbourne, Hastings, Bognor Regis, Chichester and Crawley, via a fully managed BT network. Good quality CCTV evidence is persuasive and showing suspects video evidence early in the process can often encourage early guilty pleas.”

Chief Inspector of Sussex Police Stephen Brookman said: “We’ve increased the bandwidth of the system to 1,000 megabytes now, so we can deliver more data across the network.

“We’ve also upgraded it so it can receive images from any camera on the market. BT has been an excellent partner to us and has provided us with a reliable and consistent service over the years.

“I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Public space surveillance CCTV in Sussex is operated by the police and East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove City Councils.

Local authorities have ownership and are responsible for cameras on the streets, while Sussex Police owns, maintains and operates the county’s CCTV monitoring centres.

Redcare is a market-leading specialist in secure, monitored communications services, giving customers automated, intelligent decisions and responses.

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11:00am Tue 26 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

I'm sorry, but bragging about 500 arrests from 41,000 incidents is truly pathetic.

It just shows how useless CCTV is. If the incidents took place in front of a copper, the arrest rate would have been worth crowing about.

People aren't bothered about being spotted on camera.
I'm sorry, but bragging about 500 arrests from 41,000 incidents is truly pathetic. It just shows how useless CCTV is. If the incidents took place in front of a copper, the arrest rate would have been worth crowing about. People aren't bothered about being spotted on camera. notslimjim
  • Score: -115

1:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

PaulOckenden says...

“We’ve increased the bandwidth of the system to 1,000 megabytes now"

Says the man with a great grasp of technology...
“We’ve increased the bandwidth of the system to 1,000 megabytes now" Says the man with a great grasp of technology... PaulOckenden
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

And a big 'hello' to all the coppers reading this thread.


But shouldn't you be out there arresting crooks and preventing crime instead of reading this website and moaning about those who point out how useless you are?
And a big 'hello' to all the coppers reading this thread. But shouldn't you be out there arresting crooks and preventing crime instead of reading this website and moaning about those who point out how useless you are? notslimjim
  • Score: -21

4:59pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

If a CCTV camera records an incident, it has failed to prevent that incident occurring.

The figures show just how ineffective these cameras are. Replace them with shoe leather on the beat
If a CCTV camera records an incident, it has failed to prevent that incident occurring. The figures show just how ineffective these cameras are. Replace them with shoe leather on the beat ok,jared
  • Score: -10

9:19pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

How useless IS CCTV footage in solving crimes?

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/uknews/c
rime/6082530/1000-CC
TV-cameras-to-solve-
just-one-crime-Met-P
olice-admits.html
How useless IS CCTV footage in solving crimes? http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/c rime/6082530/1000-CC TV-cameras-to-solve- just-one-crime-Met-P olice-admits.html ok,jared
  • Score: -21

9:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

I love the way people mark my posts down, as if it somehow means that I'm wrong, lol.

Failing to address my points is an acceptance of my accuracy and insight.
I love the way people mark my posts down, as if it somehow means that I'm wrong, lol. Failing to address my points is an acceptance of my accuracy and insight. ok,jared
  • Score: -23

10:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

"Just a thought."

Achingly funny.
"Just a thought." Achingly funny. ok,jared
  • Score: -15

11:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Ambo Guy says...

Well at least you've finally thrown in the towel. Your post shows that.

There's no shame in that Stevo, you're just not a bright lad.
Well at least you've finally thrown in the towel. Your post shows that. There's no shame in that Stevo, you're just not a bright lad. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 19

11:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
Well at least you've finally thrown in the towel. Your post shows that.

There's no shame in that Stevo, you're just not a bright lad.
https://www.google.c
o.uk/search?q=AmboGu
y+argus+&ie=utf-8&oe
=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.
mozilla:en-US:offici
al&client=firefox-a&
channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr
&ei=Kuz8U5ntH4Lx8APm
8YDwBg

A total absence of posts discussing topics from the viewpoint of 'knowledge'

Don't thank me...it was my pleasure.
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: Well at least you've finally thrown in the towel. Your post shows that. There's no shame in that Stevo, you're just not a bright lad.[/p][/quote]https://www.google.c o.uk/search?q=AmboGu y+argus+&ie=utf-8&oe =utf-8&aq=t&rls=org. mozilla:en-US:offici al&client=firefox-a& channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr &ei=Kuz8U5ntH4Lx8APm 8YDwBg A total absence of posts discussing topics from the viewpoint of 'knowledge' Don't thank me...it was my pleasure. ok,jared
  • Score: -7

11:55pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

http://www.standard.
co.uk/news/london/me
t-failed-to-check-cc
tv-footage-on-118000
-crimes-8997560.html


Not much of a role played there, eh?
http://www.standard. co.uk/news/london/me t-failed-to-check-cc tv-footage-on-118000 -crimes-8997560.html Not much of a role played there, eh? ok,jared
  • Score: -5

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