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Police to ask homeowners for private CCTV access

Police to ask homeowners for private CCTV access

Simon Meechan

A voluntary database of private CCTV cameras could be set up by the police.

Jeff Pick, who co-ordinates Thames Valley Police's neighbourhood watch scheme in Windsor and Maidenhead, says the force wants to trial a scheme where police can check CCTV cameras placed outside of homes.

Police community support officers have been patrolling the streets to find out which houses have cameras, with a view to contacting them and adding them to a database.

Jeff explained that when a crime is reported or suspected in an area police could use the footage to catch criminals.

He explained a similar scheme was in place 'three or four' years ago, but it was scrapped due to data protection issues. Jeff says these have been resolved.

Despite its problems, the last trial did help snag some crooks.

Jeff said: "We had a couple of break ins in Datchet. Somebody looked at the CCTV and there was someone looking directly up into the CCTV. 

"Things like that are very, very useful."

Email Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk for more information.


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