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CCTV in Wychavon

The Wychavon Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system is owned and operated by the District Council and was launched in February 1999. The bulk of the funding for the scheme was provided by the District Council together with a grant from the Home Office and is now supported by funding from the West Mercia Police Authority's Police and Crime Commissioner.

By installing CCTV we are not only helping to provide a safer environment for our own residents but also for all people who use any of our towns for shopping, to work or to visit.

The main users of the system are the West Mercia Police and we work closely with them to ensure that we are providing evidential material of the best quality. 

Our other major partner is Worcester City Council who we provide a CCTV monitoring service to.

We also actively support the work of the local Community Safety partnership. Visit the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership website for more information.

Objectives

The objectives of the Wychavon system are to:

  • To help in the prevention of crime
  • To help reduce the fear of crime
  • To facilitate the apprehension and prosecution of offenders in relation to crime and public order

It will not be used to enforce minor breaches of traffic laws.

Type Of Cameras

Here are examples of the CCTV camera's that are used throughout Wychavon.

Image of WDC market CCTV camera on street with cars parked WDC market CCTV camera near carpark

The System

This comprises of 30 cameras positioned in various locations around Wychavon.

  • 2 in Broadway
  • 8 in Droitwich Spa
  • 11 in Evesham and
  • 9 in Pershore

Locations include:

  • Main shopping streets
  • Town centre car parks
  • Abbey Parks in both Evesham and Pershore

All cameras offer pan tilt and zoom facilities. Cameras record in colour and they also function during the hours of darkness, when they may revert to black and white. Privacy zones are programmed in to the system so as to ensure that the cameras do not survey private property.

All our cameras are clearly visible and there are signs in the locality advising of their existence. This is an example of the type of sign you are likely to see.

CCTV in operation sign

Monitoring and Recording

A central control room for receiving, monitoring and recording of images is based at the Civic Centre in Pershore, and it is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Digital recordings are kept for 31 days and are automatically overwritten at the end of that period.

The control room has a direct monitor link to the West Mercia Police at Worcester thereby allowing images caught on any of our cameras to be transmitted live or replayed back to them.

In addition to our own CCTV network we also monitor cameras in Worcester on behalf of the City Council.

Retail radio links used by businesses in Wychavon together with the Worcester CityNet systems are also monitored from the Pershore control room. These links can be used to alert other users within the respective City/Town areas including the Police and Councils of ongoing activity or potential problems.

Code of Practice

The system is operated under a strict Code of Practice and within Human Rights and Data Protection legislation. Read more information on the legislation website.

Release of Information to Individuals

If you wish to obtain data relating to yourself that might be held on the Council's CCTV system you will need to pdf complete a Release of Information Application Form. (74 KB)

This should be returned to the address shown on the form together with the fee, photographs and any other required documents.

Please note that there are certain exemptions to the release of information and this might mean we are unable to agree to your request. These are detailed on page 1 of the form.

To receive a copy of data for any legal proceedings that you may be involved in a solicitor will need to make an application under Section 35(2) of the Data Protection Act 2018 for you.

For more details about obtaining information held on our CCTV system, pdf read our guidance notes. (103 KB)

Find further information and advice on the Information Commissioner's website.

Privacy Impact Assessment

Our Privacy Impact Assessment is available upon request. Contact us if you would like a copy of the PIA. 

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

If you have a suggestion, comment to make or wish to complain about some aspect of the CCTV service, contact:

Property Services
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcs  WR10 1PT

Telephone: 01386 565406
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