Monitoring our City Centre
In 1999 a Community Safety Audit of Derry~Londonderry was commissioned by a cross sector group representing Derry City Council, North West Development Office and the Community and Business Sector. The audit involved extensive crime pattern analysis, action-planning workshops with key statutory and voluntary agencies, and surveys of businesses and the community using the city centre. The Community Safety Audit recommended that a CCTV Scheme be introduced into the city.
In May 2000, funding opportunities for CCTV Schemes arose via round two of the Town Centre CCTV Challenge Competition and planning permission was sought and granted for 26 cameras. Since then the system has expanded and gone from strength to strength. Initially CCTV was monitored on an 18 hours per day basis (recorded 24 hours per day). Through the intervening years City Centre Initiative and its partners added more cameras to the system. In June 2011 the Peace Bridge and Ebrington Square was added to the system dramatically increasing the range and coverage of the system, the monitoring of the city centre was also increased to 24/7/365..
In May 2015 a major upgrade to the CCTV system was carried out by replacing all CCTV cameras that were five year old. The number of cameras was increased to 85. The system is continually being developed and expanded to increase coverage and safety within the city centre. The system is managed through a partnership between City Centre Initiative, Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.