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Enhancing Community Safety: Leveraging Mobile CCTV Fleet for Effective Environmental Enforcement

Introduction:

In Surrey, an environmental enforcement team is leading the charge against fly-tipping and anti-social behavior by deploying a fleet of patrol vehicles equipped with digital CCTV recording technology. This innovative approach has yielded impressive results in tackling various streetscene-related crimes, demonstrating the power of technology in enhancing community safety.

The Role of Mobile Digital CCTV Recording:

Guildford Borough Council in Surrey has embraced mobile digital CCTV recording technology to address a range of streetscene-related crimes, including fly-tipping, dog fouling, and anti-social behavior. Three patrol vehicles, including two connect vans and one larger transit van, have been outfitted with the PatrolVu system from Traffic Safety Systems (TSS), marking a significant advancement in the council’s enforcement capabilities.

Key Features of the PatrolVu System:

The PatrolVu system features a comprehensive array of cameras strategically positioned to capture critical footage. These include a roof-mounted 360˚ pan, tilt, and zoom camera, a forward-facing camera, and a camera capable of capturing images of individuals disposing of litter inappropriately. Additionally, one of the vehicles incorporates a covert rearward facing pinhole camera, enhancing its surveillance capabilities.

Applications Across Different Departments:

The council’s fleet of patrol vehicles serves various departments, each with its unique focus and objectives. For instance, a connect van operated on behalf of Surrey Police and the council primarily targets environmental enforcement, while another connect van is utilized for estate and tenancy management. Additionally, a transit van assigned to the dog warden’s unit focuses on addressing issues related to stray and dangerous dogs, as well as dog fouling.

Impact on Environmental Enforcement:

Gary Kirk, the council’s environmental enforcement officer, underscores the importance of utilizing technology to combat “enviro crime.” Through a combination of education, deterrent measures, and enforcement actions, the council aims to keep the streets, roads, parks, and countryside free of illegally dumped waste and litter. The deployment of mobile CCTV technology has significantly enhanced the council’s ability to identify and apprehend offenders, particularly in cases involving commercial vehicles negligently discharging their loads.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement:

The high-visibility patrol vehicles also play a crucial role in supporting law enforcement efforts in hotspot areas and during specific events. Equipped with dual control capability for CCTV, these vehicles can be deployed alongside police patrols to address anti-social behavior and underage drinking. The presence of CCTV cameras serves as a deterrent, discouraging potential offenders and reassuring the community of enhanced safety measures.

Engagement and Community Outreach:

In addition to its enforcement capabilities, the patrol vehicles facilitate community engagement and outreach initiatives. By allowing residents, especially teenagers, to interact with the CCTV cameras and understand their role in maintaining community safety, the council fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among the public. This proactive approach not only helps to deter anti-social behavior but also strengthens community bonds and trust in local authorities.

Conclusion:

The deployment of a mobile CCTV fleet represents a proactive and innovative approach to environmental enforcement and community safety. By leveraging technology to enhance surveillance capabilities and support law enforcement efforts, Guildford Borough Council has demonstrated its commitment to creating safer and cleaner neighborhoods. Moving forward, continued investment in technology and collaboration between various stakeholders will be essential in sustaining these positive outcomes and building a more resilient community.

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