The CBD CCTV scheme will enable Closed Circuit Television to be installed in the Bathurst Central Business District. The CBD CCTV scheme is part of a broader community safety strategy within the Bathurst Local Government Area.
This CBD CCTV scheme is aimed at the detection and conviction of offenders. Council recognises that the presence of CCTV can have a deterrent effect on crime and antisocial behaviour within the CBD, whilst contributing to a greater sense of safety in the community.
The CCTV cameras will not be monitored by Bathurst Regional Council but will capture images that can be used to assist Police. Police may intermittently view live images provided by the CBD CCTV scheme.
A suite of documents will underpin the operation of the scheme, including:
CBD CCTV Policy
CBD CCTV Code of Practice
CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure
CBD CCTV Memorandum of Understanding between Bathurst Regional Council and Chifley Police District
What's happening with the project?
The CBD CCTV scheme will be a staged rollout, with additional cameras being installed as funding becomes available. Stage 1 of the project includes the setup of the control centres, laying of fibre and installation of nine cameras. Council has received funding for Stage 2 of the project, which will be undertaken in the 2019-2020 financial year. Design work for Stage 2 is currently underway.
The cameras send footage to the Bathurst Police Station where the system can be monitored by the NSW Police Force. The recorded images will only be used and/or disclosed for law enforcement or other lawful purposes.
Where will the CCTV network be installed?
The map below shows an indicative coverage area to be provided by the nine cameras to be installed. Download a PDF copy here...
CBD CCTV frequently asked questions.
Bathurst Regional Council aims to be clear and transparent in all its operations. This FAQ sheet is designed to provide answers to common questions that may be asked regarding the CBD CCTV scheme.
A copy of the FAQ can be accessed below:-
What is CCTV?
CCTV is an abbreviation for Closed Circuit Television. It involves the use of cameras to transmit video footage and images to a central location. It is a common tool used in crime prevention.
What is the CBD CCTV scheme?
The CBD CCTV scheme is a project which will enable Closed Circuit Television to be installed in the Bathurst Central Business District. The CBD CCTV scheme is part of a broader community safety strategy within the Bathurst Local Government Area.
Who owns of the CBD CCTV scheme?
Bathurst Regional Council is the owner of the scheme.
How was the CBD CCTV scheme funded?
Stage 1 of the CBD CCTV scheme was funded by Bathurst Regional Council.
What are the objectives of Bathurst’s CBD CCTV scheme?
To reduce the fear of crime as measured by:
- Increased community perception of safety within the CBD
To assist in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders as measured by:
- Increase in the number of offenders identified
- Increase in the number of offenders apprehended
Who else is involved in the in the CBD CCTV scheme?
Chifley Police District, who are part of the NSW Police Force, are a partner to the scheme.
What is the role of Chifley Police District?
A live feed of the images captured by CCTV in the Bathurst CBD will be available at the Bathurst Police Station.
When will CCTV commence in the Bathurst CBD?
Cameras are being installed throughout May and June 2019. It is anticipated that the project will be live from end of June 2019. Council will inform the community of this date once it has been confirmed.
How were the camera locations selected?
Camera locations were selected through examination of crime “hot spots” in the CBD by Chifley Police District.
How many cameras are being used?
Nine cameras have been installed in Stage One of the scheme.
Where are cameras installed?
Cameras are located at the following in the following locations:
- 1 – Howick Street
- 2 – Corner William Street and Russell Street
- 1 – Machattie Park
- 3 – Keppel Street
- 1- Bentinck Street
- 1 – Court House Lane
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.
When are the CCTV cameras active?
The CCTV cameras record continuously – 24 hours, 7 day a week.
How does the system work?
Video images are transmitted from the cameras in the CBD to recording equipment housed in the Bathurst Police Station. Images are presented on a computer monitor housed in the Police Station.
How will the CCTV footage be used?
The CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure detail the circumstances where the images captured by CCTV will be held and released. Generally, the images will only be released to the Police, for the purpose of legal proceedings, or where Bathurst Regional Council is required to release the images by law.
How long will CCTV footage be kept for?
CCTV footage will be held for a maximum of 30 days. The footage will then be destroyed.
Will there be signage showing where the cameras are located?
Yes. Signage will be placed throughout the area covered by CCTV to notify people that images of them may be captured by the cameras.
Are there rules to govern the operation of the CCTV?
The CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure governs the operation of the CBD CCTV scheme by Bathurst Regional Council. These documents have 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.
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 Bathurst Regional Council CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure. Access to the images captured by CCTV is limited to specific authorised Council Officers. Chifley Police District will be provided with a live feed of CCTV in the Bathurst 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.
What if I want to make a comment, query or complaint about the CBD CCTV scheme?
Comments, queries or complaints may be sent in writing to:
Bathurst Regional Council
Private Mail Bag 17
BATHURST NSW 2795
Or emailed to: COUNCIL
Any enquiries in regard to the CBD CCTV scheme should be directed to Bathurst Regional Council on (02) 6333 6111.