The University has a campus-wide CCTV Scheme in operation with in excess of 200 cameras throughout the site. This is manned 24 hours a day by in-house staff within the Security Control Centre located in the Armstrong Building.
The primary aims of the system are:
- to assist in safeguarding the welfare of staff, students and visitors to the campus
- to provide a safer environment for vehicle parking
- to provide improved security of university property
- to assist in the prevention, deterrence and detection of crime
Whilst all the cameras are monitored at the Security Control Centre there is also a telephone link direct to Northumbria Police CCTV system based in the city centre. This provides the police with an instant overview of any incidents on campus to ensure a rapid response to any incidents which may arise. This is part of a Home Office initiation to forge closer links between the local community and the police.
The CCTV system is governed by a strict code of practice which takes into account the Data Protection Act 1998 and Human Rights Act 1998. Any enquiries regarding the CCTV system should be directed to the Security Manager - George Westwater.
CCTV helped cut crime at Newcastle University by 80%
The crime-cutting potential of CCTV in campus environments is clearly demonstrated at Newcastle University.
See CCTV Article in CCTV Image Magazine - Winter 2011 Issue [PDF File 1,558KB].