Release date: Thu 4 August 2011
Last updated: Thu 3 January 2013
Community Crime Prevention Program - CCTV Information
The use of CCTV is recognised as a beneficial tool in supporting policing functions that seek to manage high crime locations and matters of public order.
Understanding the problem
A CCTV proposal should demonstrate the reasons for wanting to establish a CCTV system and define the objectives of having such a system. It is recommended that councils engage their Victoria Police Local Area Commander into their working group to assist in this activity as they will have an understanding of the type and extent of public safety and criminal activity in the area. Contact with the relevant Local Area Commander can be made through your local police station.
Letters of support
Crime statistics for the area councils wish to focus on may be required in order to support a CCTV proposal. Statistics may also assist councils to evaluate the effectiveness of the CCTV implementation on an ongoing basis. Statistical information is available from the Victoria Police website.
Fit for purpose solutions
In order to facilitate the use of CCTV footage for incident monitoring and evidentiary purposes, there are technical standards and logistical aspects to consider. Victoria Police Technical Guidelines for CCTV Systems can be obtained on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Police access to CCTV equipment
An effective CCTV program also provides police with the ability to quickly access and obtain footage of incidents for investigation and prosecution according to agreed processes.
Victoria Police have a set of templates that will assist prospective CCTV owners to formalise a working relationship with Victoria Police, these will include:
These templates are available to local councils by emailing a request to email@example.com
The following principles must be considered prior to establishing a CCTV program with Victoria Police:
Victoria Police will determine the appropriate level and priority of responses required to incidents according to availability of resources and existing priorities.
Successful community safety CCTV arrangements
Victoria Police has successfully partnered with a number of local councils in such arrangements which have provided significant benefits to the local communities. A case study of the longstanding arrangement with City of Greater Geelong provides an example of successful partnering between agencies on community safety CCTV.