Overt electronic surveillance in public places

St Ives Showground

Incidents of illegal dumping have increased significantly incurring substantial costs to Council in collection and disposal costs as well as impacting negatively on the amenity and environment within the community. A number of these incidents have been significant dumping involving multiple loads of materials such as wood chip and demolition materials.  Incidents of vandalism, littering and graffiti have also occurred. Using funding from the Waste Less Recycle More program, Council is able to conduct overt electronic surveillance to assist in deterring these acts and to gather evidence to regulate these incidents.

Council has formalised a policy on how and where types of overt electronic surveillance can be employed and identified the control provisions for storage of relevant information, who will be authorised to access information and for what purpose the information will be used.  Links to the Policy, Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures are below.

Overt cameras have been installed at the entrance to the St Ives Showground. Benchmark data indicates 96 incidences in a 12 month period. It is anticipated that the installation of camera will act as a deterrent. The program at St Ives Showground will be closely monitored with it being initially evaluated quarterly for the first 12 months and then annually.

Questions or complaints regarding the program can be directed to The General Manager, Ku-ring-gai Council, Locked Bag 1006, Gordon, 2072.

The overt program has 8 guiding principles. They are:

Principle 1

The CCTV Project will be operated fairly, within applicable law, and only for the purposes for which it is established or which are subsequently agreed in accordance with this Code of Practice.

Principle 2

The CCTV Program will not limit the privacy and civil liberties of individual members of the public, including the rights to freedom of religious and political expression and assembly. 

Principle 3

Ku-ring-gai Council has primary responsibility for compliance within the purposes and objectives of the CCTV Program for the maintenance, management and security of the Program and the protection of the interests of the public in relation to the CCTV project.

Principle 4

Ku-ring-gai Council will be accountable to the public for the effective operation and management of the program.  This will be done through regular evaluation and monitoring of the program.

Principle 5

The public will be provided with clear and easily accessible information in relation to the operation of the CCTV scheme.

Principle 6

Information recorded will be accurate, relevant and not exceed that necessary to fulfil the purposes of the CCTV Program.

Principle 7

The retention of, and access to, recorded material will be only for the purposes provided by this Code of Practice or applicable laws.  Recorded materials will be retained for 28 days unless they are required for law enforcement purposes or other lawful requirements.

Principle 8

All contact between Ku-ring-gai Council and the NSW Police in relation to the CCTV Program will be conducted strictly in accordance with the Code of Practice.  Everything reasonable within the power of Ku-ring-gai Council will be done to prevent unauthorised use or discloser of the information.

Evaluation and Assessment

First quarter reporting

There were no incidences recorded of illegal dumping, graffiti or vandalism for the first quarter, 1 January to 31 March 2015.

Overt Electronic Surveillance In Public Places Policy (pdf. 143KB)

Overt Electronic Surveillance In Public Places - Standard Operating Procedure (pdf. 145KB)

Camera Surveillance Program - Location Of Cameras St Ives - Environmental and Commercial Assessment (pdf. 11KB)

Code of Practice - Overt Surveillance in Public Places (pdf. 147KB)