New hi-tech CCTV control room for Waltham Forest

(L-R) Leader of Waltham Forest Council Chris Robbins, Borough Commander Mark Collins, Waltham Forest’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Cohesion Cllr Liaquat Ali and Waltham Forest Chief Executive Martin Esom at the CCTV control room launch.

Another part of Waltham Forest ‘s plan to make the borough safer was unveiled on Tuesday 16 October with the formal launch of the borough’s new CCTV control room.

The hi-tech kit gives Council staff access to multiple cameras across Waltham Forest, providing the operators an up-to-the-minute picture of what’s happening on the borough’s streets.  Since the upgrade the operators have managed to catch approximately 450 criminals in the act on camera every month (a fourfold increase) while arrests have jumped by a whopping 100%.

As well as tackling crime and anti-social behaviour the cameras will also be used to gather evidence in enviro-crime cases, thus helping make the borough cleaner as well as safer by backing the Council’s pledge to crack down on fly-tippers, vandals and graffiti artists.

“The control room was fully operational by the time the Olympic Torch Relay came to the borough and really came into its own,” said Cllr Liaquat Ali, Waltham Forest’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion. “While the Torch Relay was a wonderful, trouble-free event, it still put the new CCTV equipment through its paces and helped us see how much better we’d be able to react and respond if there was an emergency.

“The fact that we’re already seeing results – from finding missing people to getting to the bottom of car accidents – just goes to show what an improvement this is. One of our key priorities is making Waltham Forest a safer borough for the people who live here, and while this new CCTV control room has already helped solve crimes I hope it also serves as a deterrent and stops them being committed in the first place.”

While the service was previously carried out in Enfield, a decision was made to install a control room in the borough in 2010. Determined to make every penny count, the Council has managed to install superior equipment and secure extra staff whilst making the service more effective and more efficient without increasing running costs. The move has also seen the service co-located with Waltham Forest’s Civil Contingencies Unit – the team responsible for dealing with emergency situations as and when they arise – to ensure skills, technology and expertise can be shared.

Contact Alex Deller
020 8496 4726
alex.deller@walthamforest.gov.uk

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