A freedom of information request has revealed that Ealing is ranked the sixth most place in the UK to have CCTV.
In total, Ealing Council said that for the financial year 2022/3 it had 733 CCTV cameras in operation across its seven towns and spent £161,677 on them.
Among the findings revealed in the FOI request:
- Ealing spends £161,677 annually on the borough’s CCTV system. With a population of 366,100 this cost comes to £0.44 per person.
- The borough displays a total 733 CCTV cameras in public spaces, which averages approximately 20 CCTV cameras per 10,000 people.
- Ealing has the 9th lowest crime/CCTV ratio in the UK – with 20 cameras per 10k people and 1.1 crimes per 10,000 people, the borough presents a 0.056 crime-CCTV ratio.
Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed who commissioned the report commented: “From the study, we found that Ealing’s annual CCTV expenditure doesn’t fare higher or lower than the average, whilst the number of cameras in the borough is one of the highest in the country, totalling 733 cameras.”
Mr Ali added: “We also found that Ealing has the ninth lowest crime-CCTV ratio – the high number of CCTV cameras could be contributing to a lower crime rate.”
To view the full report, click here.