We monitor a borough-wide network of CCTV cameras, 24 hours a day, to ensure that West Lancashire remains a safe place to live and work. We're extremely proud of the scheme and in 2013 it was extensively updated with a new state of the art CCTV suite, upgraded cameras and dedicated CCTV transmission equipment. The scheme has also been expanded in 2014 with the introduction of new public open space CCTV cameras to provide wider coverage across the borough. There are 107 public open space cameras comprising the West Lancashire Borough Council CCTV system.
CCTV is an important tool in providing evidence, but it plays a more important role of reducing crime and the fear of crime for local communities, and enhancing reassurance for residents, which is one of the Council's top priorities.
The aim of the CCTV scheme is to provide a safe and secure public environment for the benefit of those who live, work or visit the borough. The approved partners in the CCTV scheme are the Council and its recognised community safety partners, with operational activity principally undertaken by Lancashire Constabulary.
The CCTV scheme is operated within applicable law, and only for the purposes of reducing crime and disorder for which it is established, or purposes which are subsequently agreed in accordance with the code of practice.
The code of practice reflects the Council's investment in upgrading the CCTV scheme and new government guidance on CCTV monitoring.
The Council operates its CCTV public open space cameras with respect to the privacy of individuals. The CCTV software platform allows privacy settings to be installed. The privacy settings enable both live and recorded images to have specific areas blanked out. If you would like to discuss privacy settings in relation to the Councils CCTV cameras please use the contact details on this page.
More information about CCTV can be found in our annual reports which are provided under the heading Related Information on the right of this page.
In November 2015 The Surveillance Camera Commissioner launched a scheme that enables organisations complying with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice to be independently audited providing credibility and transparency to claims of compliance. On the 14 June 2016 the Council was awarded full certification which lasts for a period of 5 years.
Obtaining the full 5 year certification demonstrates the Council's compliance with the Surveillance Code of Practice and evidences good practice. Certification also provides reassurance to the community that the Council's public open space CCTV scheme is managed appropriately; the information gathered from the cameras is used in an appropriate manner and in accordance with the Surveillance Code of Practice guidelines.