Scarborough Borough Council CCTV and body worn video devices
We operate and manage Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and Body Worn Video Devices across the Borough.
Our CCTV systems are designed to:
- promote community safety by protecting people and property
- assist with the prevention and detection of crime
- help to act upon threats or instances of criminal and anti-social behaviour
- ensure public safety and better services (eg traffic management, alarms, etc)
The majority of our CCTV cameras are installed across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey to help monitor public spaces and highways. They also cover many of the council’s pay and display car parks, both park and ride car parks, and most of the main roads in and around the town centre.
We have other CCTV cameras in operation, for example:
- security cameras in and around council properties, including Scarborough Town Hall, Falsgrave Community Resource Centre, Scarborough Market Hall, some of our public conveniences, Woodlands Crematorium, Dean Road Depot, Evron Centre and Filey Brigg Caravan Park.
- in and around our Harbours
- body worn cameras used to support our frontline enforcement officers, including Dog Wardens, Beach Superintendents and Civil Enforcement Officers
All Council Refuse Collection Vehicles have on-board 360 degree cameras with video being locally recorded.
Our Waste Enforcement Team utilises Mobile cameras to assist with their investigations.
We operate automatic number plate recognition cameras to control the flow of vehicles into and out of our Dean Road Depot. (please note: these do not record footage)
Where CCTV is in operation, we have signs to let you know. These signs also explain who to contact if you have a query or concern about its use.
CCTV cameras can capture personal data and must comply with the GDPR and Data Protection Act. We aim to comply with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s advice and guidance, which defines the rules for the installation and operation of CCTV and the management, access and use of recordings.
Body Worn Video footage
Body worn cameras are used by some front line staff who carry out enforcement roles, such as by Civil Enforcement Officers within our Parking Services Department (Parking Wardens), and activated where they believe they are under threat or are facing threatening behaviour. In some cases they may be activated to record where it is believed an offence is taking place.
These cameras will record conversations between members of the public and Council staff where considered appropriate. Where a Council officer intends to record a conversation with a member of the public, the member of the public will be informed verbally at the time.
All body worn cameras will be worn in an overt manner and clearly visible.
Disclosing CCTV footage
CCTV and Body Worn Video footage can be disclosed to (subject to exceptions):
- individuals requesting footage of themselves or on behalf of someone else with the appropriate consent or authority. These requests are covered under the 'Subject access request procedure'. However, sometimes there may be legal reasons which prevent us from disclosing, for example, if it contains footage of a third party
- the Police, other law-enforcement agencies involved in the prevention or detection of crime and/or apprehension of an offender.
- insurance companies or anyone else involved in legal proceedings.
- individuals requesting footage that does not contain personal data. These requests are covered under the 'FOI procedure'
- CCTV operators are not allowed to disclose images of identifiable people to the media - or to put them on the internet - for entertainment. Images released to the media to help identify a person are disclosed by the police.
Make a subject access request
If you wish to request a copy of CCTV footage of yourself, you should make a data subject access request. You will need provide as much detail as possible about the time and location of the footage and a clear photograph of yourself to enable us to deal with your request.
All recordings and copies of recordings including images saved by ourselves remain the copyright of Scarborough Borough Council. Any footage released is for reference only and should not be placed on any social media, website, or any other medium of publication.