Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
What is CCTV?
Closed Circuit Television, known as CCTV, involves the use of cameras to transmit video footage and images to a central location.
What is the purpose of CCTV in the Orange CBD?
Council considers it important to take efforts to reduce crime. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) can bring benefits to the community and assist in identifying and reducing crime which can lead to enhanced public safety in particular locations or in a particular area.
Council’s CCTV Program is designed to facilitate greater community safety in reducing and preventing crime. It assists Council and the NSW Police to work together to help provide a safer environment, reduce crime levels by deterring potential offenders and aid in crime detection and apprehension of offenders.
What will be captured by the CCTV cameras?
CCTV cameras will be operating continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The cameras will capture any activity that occurs in the field of view of the cameras. The images will be used to assist in identifying offenders in an effort to reduce crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour and increase the perception of safety in our community.
Who can view CCTV footage?
A live feed of the images captured by CCTV in the Orange CBD are available to the Orange Police.
Council has 31 Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) Cameras in the Orange Central Business District (CBD). These cameras are located in Summer Street, Lords Place, Peisley Street, Anson Street, Sale Street, McNamara Street, Colvin Lane and Post Office Lane.
How will the CCTV Footage be used?
Our CCTV program runs under strict privacy controls and a Code of Practice developed in consultation with NSW Police. Generally, the images will only be released to law enforcement agencies, such as NSW Police, for the purpose of legal proceedings, or where Orange City Council is required to release the images by law.
How long will CCTV footage be kept?
CCTV footage will be held for 30 days. The footage will then be destroyed unless it is required for the investigation of a crime, for legal proceedings, or to meet other legal obligations.
How is my privacy protected?
Information captured by CCTV is protected by the Information Protection Principals contained in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW Privacy Act), and the Orange City Council CCTV Code of Practice. Access to the images captured by CCTV is limited to specific authorised Council Officers. Orange Police will be provided with a live feed of CCTV in the Orange CBD, however, a recording of any images that may be needed for an investigation will be required to be applied for through a formal application process.
Will there be signage showing where the cameras are located?
Yes. Signage will be placed at regular intervals throughout the Orange CBD where CCTV is in operation and at the entry point(s) of Council facilities.
Are there rules to govern the operation of CCTV?
The CCTV Code of Practice governs the operation of CCTV by Orange City Council. This document has incorporated the recommendations contained in the NSW Government Policy Statement and Guidelines for the Establishment and Implementation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Public Places. Further protection regarding an individual’s privacy is provided by the NSW Privacy Act.
Enquiries and complaints in relation to the CCTV program can be made by email at [email protected], or call us on (02) 6393 8000
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