There are 61 CCTV cameras positioned in car parks, shopping centres and at strategic locations around Witney and Carterton town centres.
All cameras record in colour and can function during the hours of darkness. They have been selected to blend in with the environment and town centre architecture.
The aims of using CCTV are to:
- help reduce the fear of crime and prevent crime
- help detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings
- enhance community safety and boost the local economies by encouraging greater use
- assist in supporting civil proceedings
Over the last 10 years CCTV has assisted police in making hundreds of arrests.
The cameras are monitored by Thames Valley Police, from the police station in Welch Way 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Businesses in both Witney and Carterton keep in contact with each other and the control centre through their own radio system.
The management costs are met by West Oxfordshire District Council, Thames Valley Police, Witney Town Council, Carterton Town Council, RAF Brize Norton, Witney Chamber of Trade and Commerce and local businesses.
CCTV code of practice
The system is operated under a strict code of practice and within the Human Rights and Data Protection Acts.