Safetown is a complete, accredited, turn-key solution for community-based CCTV. It is designed for Irish town-based communities to become accredited as a SafeTown. This will tell visitors that the area is safe to walk around and visit; it will also alert any people with crime on their minds that clear images of them, and their vehicles, will be given to the police in the event of any disturbance or crime.
So is Safetown just CCTV?
No. Safetown uses a unique high-definition CCTV (MegaPixel Technology with 29million pixel imaging) but it is so much more than that. SafeTown is a collection of technologies, protocols, procedures and skills which, when combined, empower to local community to employ cutting edge technology to protect themselves, their property and people. The system comes complete and certified, compliant with data protection legislation.
Does someone need to constantly monitor the images?
Unlike traditional CCTV, no. ‘Retrospective Zoom’ means that, after an incident is reported, a user (eg the Gardaí) can look at footage of a particular time and place, zoom in on eg a car or a face, and take clear images of the situation, even days or weeks later.
Great idea, but we would like to support our local CCTV installer.
As part of the SafeTown concept , the community has an option to have their local CCTV installer trained and accredited as a SafeTown Engineer. Once the installer meets certain qualification criteria, they would then be trained in installation and maintenance. The installation would be then undertaken by the local installer, but checked, verified and accredited by SafeTown. In this way, the community can support local businesses and keep some of their investment in their own community.
Who will be able to access the images?
It is for the local community to decide. Before a system is installed, there is a questionnaire the local community must complete and agree on. It may be decided, for example, that only named community leaders can access the data, or only the Gardaí, and in every case a log should be kept of what images are viewed, by whom and when. Advice is given at every stage to ensure full compatibility with Data Protection legislation (both existing and forthcoming).
Where are the images stored?
It is up to the local community in consultation with the Gardai and local Authorities as to where the images are stored. They can be on a hard drive in a local station, or they can be kept remotely for access only by authorised persons.
Is this already working anywhere we can visit?
Charlestown Co Mayo is already an accredited SafeTown. We would be happy to facilitate visits.
Who is behind SafeTown?
SafeTown is an initiative of Northwood Technologies, an Irish owned and managed company which provides security solutions to the public and private sector including Weir & Sons on Grafton Street, Cork Airport, Easons, Glanbia, Moran Hotels, Shamrock Rovers and UCC.
Northwood Technology has developed the SafeTown initiative with the advice of current and former senior members of An Garda Siochána and community representatives.
As part of the SafeTown concept , the community has an option to have their local cctv installer trained and accredited as a SafeTown Engineer. Once the installer meets certain qualification criteria, they would then be trained in installation and maintenance. The installation would be then undertaken by the local installer, but checked, verified and accredited by SafeTown. In this way, the community can support local businesses and keep some of their investment in their own community.