Closed circuit television (CCTV) is designed to take measures to prevent and detect street crime such as assault, vehicle theft, drugs offences etc.

The CCTV strategy contributes to the Strategic Plan 2006 – 2011 by supporting the partnership in meeting the key outcomes of a cleaner, safer, greener borough by impacting on the following:

  • Reducing street crime, burglary, vehicle crime, violent crime, and youth crime through identification of offenders, real time response to incidents, and post detection of offences
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour and youth disorder and providing an effective means of monitoring enforcement action
  • Monitoring areas blighted by graffiti fly posting and fly tipping and identifying the offenders
  • Producing quality evidence to facilitate effective enforcement action

Tower Hamlets councils CCTV control centre opened in March 2006 and has been developing rapidly since. There are about 250 street cameras in the borough and 70 are on view at any given time.

The council work with the Metropolitan Police, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and other law enforcement agencies to site and monitor CCTV in the borough.

CCTV operators are on duty 24 hours a day and regularly sequence through cameras or areas to ensure a spread of viewing and certain areas are monitored more closely than others at different times of the day.

For further information contact:

CCTV Manager
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
East India Dock
London, E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 0515