THE DYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner recommends CCTV funding is ceased in April next year, after a report found the cameras do not reduce crime, and that crime did not rise in areas where the cameras were removed. Many local councils are already reducing the amount of operation cameras due to financial difficulty and an inquiry into the effectiveness of the cameras was carried out by Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, David Salmon.
In addition to the recommendation of a cease in funding, Mr Salmon says public CCTV should remain the responsibility of local authorities and town councils. He also said that he will publish a common standard for mobile systems that provide images suitable for court for authorities and councils who wish to fund CCTV themselves. The commissioner is yet to consult councils and businesses on the inclusion of CCTV as a requirement for pubs, clubs and other licenced premises. The recommendations are to be discussed with the Chief Constable and council leaders before any changes are made.