Security concerns as Westminster Council plans to switch off all its CCTV Cameras


Labour councillors have responded with concern to Westminster Council’s announcement that it is planning to switch off all of its crime and disorder cameras across the city, only three years after Conservative Council Leader Cllr Philippa Roe declared in her budget speech that “Westminster has been a beacon in the use of public realm CCTV for many years. Our camera deployments are proportionate, appropriate, based on evidence of need and have a clear value in protecting our communities.”

Now Conservative Government spending cuts are biting so hard Westminster cannot maintain the system they made central to their crime and security agenda. It is important to keep reviewing the best means of ensuring an effective crime and security response, and that current CCTV network needs further investment to remain operational. However we are deeply concerned that this decision is financially driven and that an alternative strategy is not yet in place. The public…

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