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The UK has more than four million closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) which have proved to dramatically reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

OS has provided spatial intelligence for smarter surveillance in cities – including the City of Salford in Greater Manchester – to reduce crime, support local authorities and eventually allow us to create much safer, more connected cities.

What were the challenges?

This new system will help to speed up investigations, saving both police and court time, and should reassure the public that we are keeping a close eye on criminals.

Andy Sutcliffe, Salford Police Inspector

- Effectively managing CCTVs, knowing where they all are, who they belong to and what their capabilities are – which is crucial information for police agencies and local government.

- Identifying, managing and sharing camera information in their area and beyond.

- Optimising the planning, investment and development of CCTV coverage (each camera costs approx. £100,000 to commission).

What was the solution?

By combining OS data with Cadcorp’s CCTV Mapping System, Salford City Council in Greater Manchester has implemented a system which allows local authorities, emergency services, and other crime reduction agencies, to quickly access all the CCTV information within their area of interest by using a simple web interface.

The Salford system started with 260 council cameras and 300 additional private ones, more than doubling their ‘reach’ and has over 178 users.

What were the outcomes?

- Police agencies can find out immediately what footage is available and what it might have ‘seen’ making investigations smarter, quicker, and more efficient.

- Reduced costs and more efficient operations.

- Easier sharing of information between numerous organisations, quickly and efficiently.

- Improved crime detection and prevention.

- Faster response times to disturbances and antisocial behaviour.

- Reduced time to identify cameras which may monitor incidents.

- Ability to define access routes and to determine the potential of camera footage.

- Greater public and company business engagement for crime and disorder.

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