The majority of CCTV is owned and operated by Local Authorities and they are responsible for the placement and monitoring of CCTV. The Met is unable to provide the data requested broken down by Borough because to do so might enable criminals to identify the overall level of CCTV in a specific area. This may assist criminal decision making and could adversely affect public safety.
CCTV plays an important role in helping prevent crime and keeping Londoners safe and my Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) commissioned a technical assessment to help boroughs plan for their future use of CCTV and to assist all CCTV operators work together to protect Londoners.
I continue to have serious concerns about the delay in delivering the Westminster CCTV project. I am disappointed that progress remains slow and that following the decision by Westminster City Council Cabinet to decommission and remove a significant number of cameras in June 2016, gaps still exist in key hotspots in Westminster where levels of personal robbery offending remain high. The Metropolitan Police is engaging with Westminster Council to move the project forward, however these efforts have been hampered by the need to secure agreement and cooperation from Westminster Council and its contractors.