CCTV do NOT deter crime or lead to convictions
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“We must spend every pound where it delivers,” he said. “I’m giving the public what they ask me for – more bobbies on the beat.
“We created 30 new police officer posts for Dyfed-Powys this year. Next year there’ll be tens of thousands of extra hours on the beat thanks to new IT.”
Instrom Security Consultants, which carried out the report, found t he removal of local council CCTV cameras did not result in a significant rise in crime or anti-social behaviour.
There was “little evidence that CCTV deters crime, in particular violent and alcohol-related incidents”, the report found.
There was also “no case to support the active monitoring of public CCTV in Dyfed-Powys”, and m any existing public CCTV systems cannot produce images acceptable in court, it added.
Dyfed-Powys Police records showed that 1.5% of case files used publicly controlled CCTV evidence over a year and 2.2% used evidence from private systems.
The commissioner has recommended that funding is “ceased for active monitoring of CCTV” by April. He plans to keep the situation under review and consider any technological developments such as mobile CCTV.

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