Penarth’s closed circuit television cameras – originally installed to keep the main streets of the town under 24/7 surveillance – don’t work and haven’t worked for years.
The revelation has apparently been made by a South Wales Police officer who’s told town centre retailers that the closed circuit tv cameras don’t work.
The admission came in the wake of an accident on the zebra crossing outside Boots the Chemists when – according to a local retail source – police admitted to local shops that the cameras were not capable of providing any evidence.
CCTV cameras in the town are located :-
- Outside the Tenovus shop
- Outside Barclays Bank
- On the Principality Building Society – examining the pavement
- Outside No 6 Stanwell Road – surrounded by tree foliage
Cameras are also listed as being installed on Plassey St, Station Approach and Plymouth Road .Currently there said to be 72 surveillance cameras in the Vale of Glamorgan .The ageing and obsolescent analog cameras in Penarth were originally set up by the American cable company CableTel (later NTL) at the time that the firm installed cable tv in the town in 1997.
All of the CCTV cameras are supposed to be linked by landline to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s monitoring room at the Civic Offices in Barry.
Here civilian officers monitor the screens keeping an eye out for criminals – particularly shoplifters and driving offenders and inform the police accordingly.
Suspicions began to grow about the efficacy of the Penarth cameras when the Vale Council began publishing statistics of the number of people apprehended after being videoed committing offences on CCTV. All of those arrested were in Barry and none at all were in Penarth – even though Penarth has about 15 shoplifting cases every month .