CCTV Visit – 21st May 2010

The Sedgemoor District Council CCTV control room is located at the Sedgemoor District Council offices in Bridgwater House.

They are a 24/7 service monitoring 170 CCTV cameras in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar and North Petherton.  They also work in partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council and South Somerset District Council, monitoring the CCTV systems in Taunton, Wellington and Yeovil.  All CCTV images are recorded 24/7 and are kept for a minimum of 31 days.

The CCTV operation is also the control centre for 5 retail watch schemes and 5 pub watch radio schemes, controlling in excess of 250 radios.

Images from the CCTV control centre are patched through to the Avon & Somerset Police control room in Taunton and to the police station in Yeovil.

They have installed a state of the art ANPR system in conjunction with Avon & Somerset Constabulary.  This system is used to read number plates of vehicles at various in our CCTV enabled area.  These vehicle details are checked against the police national computer for any warning markers on the vehicle.  If a vehicle is identified then a police unit is despatched to deal with the incident.  This system is NOT used for speeding offences.

Last year the CCTV control room assisted in over 18,000 incidents, and from these they wee able to assist in the arrest of nearly 1500 people, a very significant amount in any context.  They exhibited to the police over 1400 pieces of evidence to be used in court.

The control centre often give presentations to groups such as the Bridgwater Industrialists, local neighbourhood watch groups, street pastors, college students and any visiting dignitaries to the area.

If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact the CCTV manager at Sedgemoor District Council.