Search

CCTV from buses used to investigate three crimes in 12 months in Havering

PUBLISHED: 09:42 16 September 2011

A CCTV camera.

A CCTV camera.

PA Archive/Press Association Images

CCTV footage was used to investigate less than one per cent of crimes on Havering’s buses in the last year.

Despite around 400 crimes a year being committed on buses in the borough, and each double-decker bus being fitted with around seven hi-tech cameras each, it appears that the the cameras are hardly used when investigating crime.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Recorder, Transport for London (TfL) have said that just three crimes were investigated using the footage between September 2010 and August 2011.

Intrusive

Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch group, said: “As these figures once again remind us, CCTV is an expensive, intrusive and largely ineffectual way of protecting the public.

“Despite a much higher number of crimes being committed, CCTV was only requested in a handful of cases, demonstrating its ineffectiveness as both a deterrent and a tool for the police investigating crime.

He added: “CCTV is not a substitute for real policing, and figures like this only reaffirm the need for a debate about how the public can be better protected from crime.”

However a spokesman for Havering police said: “We are trying to verify these figures. They don’t seem to tally with our own records.”

The TfL response said that police had requested the footage five times in the last year and they had provided it on three occassions.

Crime on Havering buses rose by three per cent between 2009 and 2010.

Latest Romford News Stories

A man who knifed a much-loved teenager 11 times in the head, chest, arms and legs within metres of a primary school was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment today.

X Factor star and TV personality Stacey Solomon has visited patients and staff at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after donating £17,000 to the hospital’s charity.

17:34

The Dualers have been announced this week as the second headline act for the Havering Show.

A mum-of-three who cites love as her biggest source of inspiration has launched a jewellery design brand named after her children.

IVF treatment, boob jobs and weight loss surgery are some of the NHS treatments that could be axed in the borough to save £55million under new proposals.

12:00

The world wars cast the longest shadow over the 20th century, but it is a different conflict of the time which will be in the spotlight next week.

An exhibition will be held next week for a proposal to redevelop an industrial area.

10:19

Residents up and down the borough will be putting on their red noses, dressing up in costumes and doing silly things to raise money for Comic Relief.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now