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Frequently Asked Questions - Closed Circuit Television

What is Closed Circuit Television?

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a television system which operates on a “closed loop” basis. Unlike broadcast television which is available to anyone with a suitable receiver, CCTV pictures are only available to those directly connected to the loop, which in Wrexham’s case is the central monitoring control room. The loop is a physical link consisting of a fibre optic cable which carries the picture from the camera to a monitor.

Who sees the picture?

Wrexham County Borough Council employs 8 officers who continually monitor the pictures 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year. Any pictures viewed by the operators are also seen simultaneously by the Eastern Division of North Wales Police at Wrexham and the North Wales Police Force Communications Centre at St. Asaph.

How long are video recordings kept?

Video recordings are kept for a maximum period of 31 days unless they are required for evidential purposes for criminal prosecution. In such instances, tapes are retained by North Wales Police until after the court cases are completed, including any appeal which might be made. At the end of the 31 day period, any tape not required as potential court evidence is erased.

How many cameras are there in Wrexham?

There are currently 92 cameras deployed in and around Wrexham Borough.

How many incidents and arrests has CCTV been instrumental in?

In the years since it has been operational (1996), Wrexham CCTV has captured 9,235 incidents which has assisted in over 13,205 arrests.

What type of incidents have been captured on CCTV?

In 2005/06, 28% of incidents related to Theft, 14% Violent Crime, 2% Burglary, 2% Car Crime, 6% Criminal Damage, 6% Drugs, 6% Anti-Social Behaviour and 36% other.