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CCTV in Ashford and Tenterden

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Our CCTV system is made up of cameras around Ashford and Tenterden. Some of these are fixed, while others can zoom in, pan and tilt. All images go to our CCTV control room, the Ashford Monitoring Centre. 

By using CCTV we aim to:

  • Help detect crime by providing evidence in criminal proceedings
  • Prevent and reduce crime, public disorder and anti-social behaviour
  • Help the police track and capture people suspected of committing crime
  • Help identify witnesses
  • Support Kent Police and the Community Safety Partnership
  • To help improve the town
  • To help improve traffic management in Ashford

CCTV documentation

Code of Practice

When we use CCTV, we have to follow government guidelines.

Our Code of Practice [docx] 219KB is based on the 12 Guiding Principles listed in the Home Office Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013.

More information about our CCTV service performance

Moveable cameras

Some of our CCTV cameras are mobile so we can use them temporarily in areas of most need.

The request for deployment must be compatible with our Code of Practice and should normally cover one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Deployment is requested or supported by the Police
  • Deployment will save other costs being incurred from the public purse, e.g. in policing, security or council staff costs
  • Will provide a basis for evaluating the likely effectiveness of (a) fixed camera(s) in a given location
  • Will assist in detection and arrest of perpetrators of a spate of particular crime(s)
  • Is to respond to crime hotspots, anti social behaviour or transient problems
  • Is for emergency planning incidents and public safety
  • Is to support special police operations
  • Is to assist in the detection and prosecution of "environmental crime" e.g. flytipping

All applications for the deployment of moveable CCTV cameras must take into consideration the council’s responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and existing CCTV Codes of Practice. Applications must also take the following requirements into consideration:

  • Justifiable - there must be adequate reason to show that the cameras are an appropriate response. This will usually be shown by evidence of repeated complaints of past incidents, or intelligence on future incidents or events
  • General - the target of the surveillance must be in a public area or against unknown offenders. If a known individual(s) is the target this becomes ‘Direct Surveillance’ and the deployment will additionally have to be authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Reviewable - there must be a clear time limit for the duration of the deployment and an identified process of on-going evaluation of the need for the cameras’ continued use in a specific location
  • Objective - there must be specified objectives to be achieved by the camera deployment and the achievement of these objectives should be monitored

Find out more about the Ashford Monitoring Centre.

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