Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) plays a significant role in protecting the public and promoting community safety within Newcastle.  Newcastle City Council and its partners have invested heavily in CCTV schemes over the past decade and derive significant benefits from their use. Public support for the use of CCTV systems is important.

Public space CCTV systems were first installed in Newcastle City Centre in 1992 as part of a partnership between Northumbria Police and the City Council.  By 1997 further systems were installed in the east and west of the city. These early systems still remain under Police management.

The role of CCTV in Newcastle is diverse, and is not limited to any one service area.  

The current range of uses within the Council includes:

  • Prevention and detection of crime
  • Staffing and public safety
  • Resilience and continuity planning
  • Asset management
  • Traffic and Highways management

The Council regards its obligation to uphold the privacy of residents, visitors and users of the city as of utmost importance.  Newcastle City Council will ensure that the operation of its CCTV systems complies with current legislation and that all available best practice guidelines are followed.

Under current legislation the City Council has no powers to control or enforce standards of privately owned CCTV systems. Guidance on the use of domestic CCTV can found by following the link. “Domestic CCTV Guidance”

You can phone Newcastle City Councils CCTV officer on 0191 277 7856 or email