CCTV camera systems are installed within areas of the borough where crime and disorder and community safety priorities exist. Working closely with Thames Valley Police and other partners, the CCTV team operates 24/7x 365 delivering a full range of community focussed services including the operation of more than 70 fixed site and seven high quality redeployable wireless CCTV camera systems which are installed in response to changing crime priorities within the borough. The CCTV Operators also use and manage the Slough Town Against Crime (STAC) retail and Pub Watch radio systems.
The Control Centre is fully compliant with all relevant legislation and Codes of Practice for CCTV; all staff being fully trained and qualified Control Room Operators. The CCTV teams are also enhanced CRB checked and Police vetted for access to Police radio, briefing and data networks.
The Slough Borough Council CCTV system underwent a major refurbishment and upgrade programme in 2013. The Centre boasts a state of the art digital video monitoring and recording system capable of producing high quality video evidence for the identification of suspects and the prosecution of offenders. We are also able to monitor remote alarm systems, out of hours key holding, Lone Worker and emergency contact services.
The CCTV Service can be contacted on 01753 875895.
The rules regarding how you use CCTV to protect your home have been updated (2015).
If your CCTV system is capturing footage of individuals outside your property, then you will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act.
However, regardless of whether your CCTV system is exempt, the Information Commissioners Office [ICO], recommends that you use CCTV in a responsible way to protect the privacy of others.
The guiding principle throughout the deployment of your CCTV equipment should be checking at each stage that its use is necessary and not disproportionate. For example – ask yourself:
You must consider whether it is necessary for your camera to operate beyond the boundary of your property.
If your camera covers, even partially, any areas beyond the boundaries of your property, such as neighbouring gardens or the street, then it will no longer be exempt from the Data Protection Act (DPA) under the domestic purposes exemption. This does not mean you are breaching the DPA but it does mean that you are subject to it.
First, think about the problem you are trying to address and the best solution to it. This will usually be to safeguard you and your property against crime. Check your local police advice about crime prevention. Better locks or security lighting may be a more effective and less expensive way of securing your property.
If you decide to use CCTV cameras, you should:
You should remember that your use of a CCTV system may be appropriate but publicly uploading or streaming footage of individuals will require further justification and in most cases will not be justifiable.
As the data controller for this footage, individuals do have the right to request a copy of it from you under the DPA, if you collect their personal data.
If you cannot rely on the domestic purposes exemption you are subject to a number of requirements in the Data Protection Act. This includes a requirement to notify the ICO that you are a data controller.
Please disable any audio recording facility. Many CCTV systems now come with audio recording facilities. Audio recording is particularly privacy intrusive and in the vast majority of cases where CCTV is being used on domestic properties it should be disabled.
If you are currently using or considering a CCTV system which is capturing or is likely to capture footage outside the boundary of your property you must contact the ICO on 0303 123 1113.
You can also find more information on the ICO website, which provided the information above.See also CCTV - Crime Prevention Website.