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What is CCTV?

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a system that operates on a closed loop basis.  Unlike broadcasting television CCTV images are only available to those directly connected with the system.  RCT CCTV control centre is the central monitoring room for this service.  Links between camera recording system and monitoring room are secure links that meet Surveillance Camera Commissioners requirements. 

How long are the recordings kept?

Digital recordings are held on the system for the period of 31 days pending a formal request.  Footage released for evidential reasons may be kept by the requesting body and retained as long as required.

Who sees the images?

Staff employed by RCT to monitor the system and in certain circumstances live images are relayed to Police headquarters.

What are the scheme’s objectives?

  • To help reduce the fear of crime
  • The help deter crime
  • To help detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings
  • To assist in the overall management of the Town Centres in Rhondda Cynon Taf covered by its town centre cctv system
  • To enhance community safety, assist in developing the economic well being of the area and encourage greater use of the Town Centres, shopping areas car parks etc
  • To assist the Local Authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions within the areas covered
  • To assist in supporting civil proceedings which will help detect crime
  • To assist in the training of CCTV operator, the Police and others involved in the use of the CCTV system

The scheme specifically excludes:

  • Sound recording in a public space
  • The use of images for entertainment purposes or commercial use.