CCTV Systems Bristol

CCTV systems Bristol, has the highest ratio of CCTV cameras

per person in the UK.

 CCTV systems in Bristol have reached over 750 council controlled cameras, excluding private CCTV cameras that monitor business and private property, and with a population of 428,000 our ratio is one of the highest. Compared with Birmingham, for example, which has a population of over 1 million, they have just over 600 CCTV council controlled cameras.

So are the number of CCTV systems Bristol has, protecting our city and reducing crime rates, or breaching our human rights laws? Let’s look at the facts:

In 2012 up to March 31, there were 3,133 less crimes than in corresponding period in 2010/2012, in the Bristol City Council area. Burglary fell by 25% and violent crime and robbery also reduced by 8.1% and 9.5% respectively.  Source for CCTV systems Bristol

Theft of motor vehicles decreased by 10%. Perhaps we can therefore conclude that the number of CCTV systems Bristol has is  making our city a safer place to live and work.

The level of sophistication that comes with todays CCTV cameras, enables the high definition cameras to pick out a face in a crowd from half a mile away and manufacturer’s figures suggest there will be 129,299 HD CCTV cameras in the UK by the end of 2012.  CCTV systems Bristol.

Even regardless of lighting, whether bright sunlight or evening lit streets the lux levels on the cameras can be set to cater for varying degrees of light, enabling the cameras to be able to read detailed information such as a car tax disc at ¼ mile distance in low lit areas. Perhaps it’s this level of detiailed monitoring that causes Andrew Rennison, the UK Governments first surveillance commisioner to make the following comments:

“Technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it” and he speculated that Britain might be in breach of its own human rights laws.

“Britain is one of the most watched-over societies in the world. It used to be said that if you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about,” he says. “But do we really want to be monitored?”

As a provider of CCTV and other forms of electronic security systems I prefer to let the evidence speak for itself, it works both ways, CCTV systems Bristol are not only helping to reduce crime but they can also help prevent innocent people from being accussed of crimes they didn’t commit.

Ask yourself this question, if you lived in a city with a high crime rate, would you be prepared to have the same high number of council owned CCTV systems Bristol has in the anticipation of seeing crime levels drop?

As in most areas of life there are upsides and downsides, however on balance I feel that the benefits out weigh the negatives. We all have a right to our property, and assets being protected, and if non intrusive surveillance such as the types of cctv systems Bristol has, can help us achieve it, then I for one support the case for the number of CCTV systems Bristol has.