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Revealed: The number of CCTV cameras not working in our local area

More than a third of CCTV cameras in Redbridge have been faulty in the past six months, according to new data.

The figures, obtained by Time 107.5 under the freedom of information act, show 116 of 345 of the cameras operated by the council needed repairing in the six months to February 2019.

At the time of the request, 46 were out of action and waiting to be fixed. 

In Barking and Dagenham, 74 of the 384 cameras have been faulty at some point between August 2018 and February.

38 are currently not in operation, due to a range of issues, but Barking and Dagenham Council said “repair timelines are regularly monitored to make sure they are working again as quickly as possible.”

The data only relates to cameras operated by each council and does not take into account private cameras, including those owned by local businesses and residents.

Havering Council did not say how many have been faulty in the past six months, but did reveal 70 of the 443 cameras were currently not in operation. Seven of those were in town centres and the other 63 are on housing estates.

When asked how many cameras had reported a fault, at some point in the past six months, the council responded: “CCTV operators carry out daily checks. All faults are reported to our CCTV contractor for investigation/repair on our weekly maintenance visits.”

Time 107.5 has contacted them again to try and get an answer.

In its recently announced budget, Havering Council committed to spending £250,000 on its CCTV cameras.

Thurrock Council claimed all of its 389 cameras the working at the time it answered the request, but 25 had needed repairing in the past six months.

Reasons for the faults included vandalism, power supply issues and new hard drives being installed.

The council said it has a contract with an engineer to fix problems three days a week.

Brentwood Council said one of its 20 public area CCTV camera was not operational but no data was stored about previous faults.

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