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        Thanet District Council has a closed circuit television system to help provide a safer community for everyone by;

        • reducing the fear of crime
        • detecting and reducing levels of crime.
        • protecting property and deterring vandalism.
        • helping to catch those who commit crime or public order offences.

        The camera network is monitored and recorded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at our central control centre. Images are recorded and kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the  Thanet District Council CCTV Code of Practice.

        The system is owned by Thanet District Council, and the control centre is staffed by fully trained closed circuit television surveillance operators.

        The service operates to a strict code of practice which sets rules and guidelines on the way the system is used, as well as ensuring that the system will be operated to a high standard with due regard for the public civil liberties and data protection.

        To report a crime and disorder you must contact the Police – please dial 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency. Should the police require CCTV footage for their investigations they will contact us.

        Many people are installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) as a home security measure as it’s proved to be an effective tool in fighting crime. Cameras used for limited household purposes are not subject to the Data Protection Act 2018.

        However, if the footage covers areas beyond this, such as neighbouring streets or other properties, it may create problems. There could be issues regarding privacy and harassment if you’re being recorded in your home.

        The first step is to speak to your neighbour to see if they’ll reposition the camera so that it doesn’t point at your property. If that doesn’t work and you want to take further action, we recommend getting legal advice from a solicitor.

        You may find resources belonging to the Information Commissioner’s Office useful as well.

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