Seven surveillance cameras in operation - the police want more
– We are already seeing positive effects from the cameras in Charlottesborg. During 2019 the crime rate has halved. Now Gamlegården is our main interest, says Anders Olofsson, Head of the Kristianstad Local Police Area.
In 2013, the municipality applied for a permit for surveillance in Kristianstad centre. At that time it was rejected. The municipality is now authorised to have seven cameras (see graphic).
Only the police are allowed to look at the images. Only police officers with specific eligibility are allowed to watch the footage recorded from the cameras. The police have put a lot of work to ensure the cameras only monitor public places, not inside private residences.
– Even if you see a camera from your window, the camera doesn’t see in there. It is masked, says Martin Thornell, municipal police.
Cameras monitor all of the entry points to the centre. The cameras that have been purchased are the so-called PTZ cameras with 360-degree controllability. The footage being recorded can be followed in real-time.
– I think this will mean an increased sense of security when people move around in central Kristianstad, says Anders Olofsson.
He also believes the cameras can help the police in criminal investigations. They also have a good deterrent effect.
The police can decide to set up cameras for 90 days. Longer time requires a permit from the Data Inspectorate. The police are now seeking permits for all cameras.
– This will be permanent, says Anders Olofsson.