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How many cameras are there?

 

Please see also a comparison of three surveys identifying the number of Public Area CCTV Cameras in the 'Exploding the CCTV Myths' heading on the menu

 

NEW STATISTICS ON CCTV CAMERAS -

 from DCC Graeme Gerrard - The ACPO CCTV Lead

How many cameras are there?

In the last decade the use of CCTV for Public Space Surveillance in the UK has developed at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, from fewer than a handful of city systems in 1990 to more than 350 town and city centre systems covering well over 1,000 UK towns and cities.
Add to that all the universities, shopping malls, hospitals, ports and airports, train and bus stations, retail and commercial users, all covering quasi-public open space and the figures grew and grew.
However, the question remained, just how many cameras were there?
New research by the ACPO lead on CCTV, Graeme Gerrard, estimates that the number of cameras is 1.85 million. That’s cameras that are focussed on public spaces including streets and pavements, retail outlets, commercial premises, public transport and other areas which the public can access in their day-to-day activities
It’s a far cry from the previous, commonly accepted figure of 4.2 million!
The report on his research was published in our magazine, CCTV Image, and you can read a news article and download a copy of the report at www.securitynewsdesk.com/2011/03/01/only-1-8-million-cameras-in-uk-claims-acpo-lead-on-cctv/. (Back issues of the magazine are also available online at www.cctvimage.com).
This figure of 1.85 million is much more reliable than the previous semi-official figure (it was published in Home Office documentation many times). It should be noted that the 4.2 million figure was first published in 2002 and since then the methodology has been called into question by many people including its own author. It was based upon the number of cameras in a small postcode area in Putney, and extrapolated in proportion to the number of businesses in that area compared to the number of businesses in the UK, it can hardly be considered reliable or any true measure of public space surveillance. (See also: www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/factcheck+how+many+cctv+cameras/2291167.html).
It should also be noted that the 1.85 million agrees closely with the CCTV User Group’s own recent estimate of 1.5 million which was based on our detailed knowledge of public and privately-owned cameras and how they are deployed in various regions of the country.

 Please see also a comparison of three surveys identifying the number of Public Area CCTV Cameras in the 'Exploding the CCTV Myths' heading on the menu

 


• (94) By Peter Fry, 16 Aug 2011, 14:24
 

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