Town centre CCTV schemes

Information about the schemes

The Vale of White Horse District Council operates the CCTV schemes in Abingdon and Wantage town centres. We also manage the schemes in Didcot, Henley, Thame and Wallingford, on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council.

The schemes help improve the detection of crime and reduce the fear of crime in the town centres. The cameras operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the operators are based in the CCTV Control Room in Abingdon.

As well as paying for the installation of the cameras, Vale of White Horse District Council contributes a significant amount of funding towards the running costs of the schemes. Other funding partners include Thames Valley Police and Abingdon Town Council.

As well as being used to detect crime and disorder, CCTV is also used to monitor traffic, assist in locating missing persons and give advance warning of fires or other emergency situations.

Code of practice

The CCTV cameras are operated according to a Code of Practice adopted by the Thames Valley CCTV Users. You can download a copy from the right of this page. 

Requesting CCTV evidence

The CCTV code offers guidance for people wishing to make requests for access to CCTV footage. Requests for CCTV footage should go to:

CCTV Supervisor
CCTV Control Room
Abingdon Police Station
Thames Valley Police 
Colwell Drive
Abingdon OX14 1AU

Telephone 01865 309417

Suitable identification documents will need to be viewed.

All incidents that relate to crime including offences under the Road Traffic Act should, in the first instance be reported to Thames Valley Police.

Please note that CCTV data that has not previously been requested is retained on the system for a maximum of 31 days.

Half Yearly CCTV performance reports

These reports provide information on how the district council’s CCTV cameras are used in contributing to deterring crime, reducing fear of crime and increasing crime detection. We produce the reports using information provided by the CCTV monitoring suite based in Abingdon.  You can download a copy of the latest report from the right of this page.

Last reviewed: 18 - 11 - 2019

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