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.
Initially CCTV monitoring was monitored on an 18 hour per day basis (recorded 24 hours per day) and 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. This element of the CCTV was monitored 24 hours per day.
In May 2015 we carried out a major upgrade to the CCTV system by replacing all cameras that were five year old, increasing the capacity to 85 cameras and monitoring all cameras 24 hours per day.
The system is managed through a partnership between City Centre Initiative, Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and ILEX.