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NCJ Number: 229821 Find in a Library
Title: Considerations for Establishing a Public Space CCTV Network
Author(s): Garner Clancey
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Government Attorney-General's Dept
Barton ACT 2066, Australia
Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This manual was developed to assist local governments, chambers of commerce, and other Australian organizations in establishing closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in public spaces.
Abstract: The core components of a CCTV system for the surveillance of public spaces are cameras, footage, monitoring, and governance arrangements. This manual explains how each of these components operate and interact. This is followed by descriptions of the steps recommended for installing a CCTV system in a public space. The first of seven steps involves an analysis of local crime and crime patterns. The second step consists of an analysis of the site being considered for a CCTV system installation. The next step is to decide on the objectives to be achieved by the CCTV system. Step 4, "scoping the system," consists of locating the right consultant and developing standards for the equipment and its operation. Step 5 involves accurately estimating costs and conducting a cost-benefits analysis that assumes the achievement of CCTV system objectives. Step 6 includes the installation, testing, and operation of the CCTV system. The concluding step is conducting monitoring and evaluation of the implementation and effects of the CCTV system. In addition to measuring the effects on the area directly under the surveillance of the CCTV, displacement and diffusion effects should also be measured. In conclusion, the manual advises that the outlined steps should be considered in the context of local conditions that include budgetary, political, and geographic factors as well as existing crime prevention initiatives and organizational capacity. 24 supplementary information "boxes," 18 suggestions for further reading, and 17 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Closed circuit television (CCTV); Electronic surveillance; Foreign crime prevention; Security surveillance systems; Surveillance equipment; Visual electronic surveillance
Note: Research in Practice: Resource Manual No. 08, December 2009
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