Council Boosts CCTV Surveillance in White City

Part of a borough-wide upgrade to camera network

CCTV cameras being upgraded on Commonwealth Avenue. Picture: Hammersmith & Fulham Council

The initial phase of a major upgrade of camera surveillance in White City was completed last month.

The first set of cameras to receive the upgrade are located in Australia Road, Bloemfontein Road, Commonwealth Avenue, India Way, New Zealand Way, and South Africa Road.

The new technology removes the need to manually position the cameras, and no longer limits them to facing one direction only.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council says this means that the cameras can now monitor the wider area and, if needed, capture footage to help identify criminal activity. The borough already has the highest density of CCTV cameras per person compared to any local authority in the UK.

They are linked to a central control room and monitored by the council’s CCTV team every day, 24/7.

There are currently more than 1,850 cameras in public spots across the borough, including:

  • 581 cameras in public areas
  • 1,209 on housing estates and
  • 79 mobile, deployable cameras which can be quickly located anywhere across the borough, including CCTV vans.

The scheme will see state-of-the-art upgrades to the borough’s extensive camera network, with fully automated 360-degree cameras. The works also include improvements to the CCTV control equipment and other infrastructure including the renewal of damaged CCTV fibre.

The next phase set to begin in early 2023.

The council’s CCTV central control room
The council’s CCTV central control room. Picture: Hammersmith & Fulham Council

It follows the council’s decision to spend £5.4million in improving its CCTV network and infrastructure over the next five years.

Commenting on the launch, Cllr Rebecca Harvey, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety, said, “We’re determined to deliver London’s most efficient, effective and forward-thinking CCTV system.

“It’s part of the proactive steps H&F is taking to protect women and girls, reduce crime and make our streets safer for our residents, businesses and visitors.”

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November 7, 2022