Monmouthshire County Council has a Public Space CCTV scheme which operates in the four main towns of Chepstow, Caldicot, Monmouth and Abergavenny in partnership with the Town Councils for those areas.

The original system of fixed cameras on BT Lines was replaced in 2014 with modern radio link technology and new dome cameras which provide better quality and offer a flexible option to add in or move cameras.

The CCTV cameras are monitored in a shared control room with Torfaen Borough Council at the Shared Resource Centre in Blaenavon. The operators provide a 24 hour service and recorded footage is kept securely for 30 days, before being erased. Any request for evidential footage within the 30 days is processed strictly using Information Commissioners Office guidelines and complies with the Data Protection Act.

MCC has an officer liaising with the SRS to make sure that the scheme is kept up to date and that the CCTV cameras are used in the most effective way. The control room report monthly on operational activities and as necessary with any faults.

The police provide the operators and CCTV Coordinator with briefings on current trends and crime patterns and this information is used to task the camera operators on daily viewing.

The scheme also has a number of deployable cameras that are easily moved around to ‘Hot Spot’ Anti-Social Behaviour locations.

Information is gained at local CSAT meetings (Community Safety Action Teams) to determine where the deployable cameras are required.

The scheme is overseen by a User Group, who meet three times a year, and consist of two representatives from each town, together with police, CCTV operators and MCC; to make sure that best value for money from the scheme is achieved.

For further information you can contact the CCTV & ASB Coordinator on 01633 644210

To request footage from the cameras contact the control room on controlroom@torfaen.gov.uk

CCTV Annual Report 2015