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The ‘eyes and ears’ helping Redbridge police fight crime

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 March 2016

File photo dated 28/04/10 of a CCTV camera, as a police force has insisted that controversial changes to the way CCTV evidence of shoplifters is collected will speed up investigations.

File photo dated 28/04/10 of a CCTV camera, as a police force has insisted that controversial changes to the way CCTV evidence of shoplifters is collected will speed up investigations.

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More than 500 arrests have been made in the past six months thanks to CCTV.

Eagle-eyed camera operators also helped find 46 missing people, including many children, and alerted police to 10 suicide attempts.

The cost of running the central hub, which controls more than 250 cameras across the borough, is more than £485,000 annually.

But the chief executive of Big Brother Watch, Renate Samson, said considerations for privacy must be given as much weight as security.

The civil liberties group urged councils to consult residents before introducing new surveillance systems, and to report the number of crimes detected by each camera to justify their use.

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