One London Borough has More CCTV Than Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool Combined

By James O Malley on at

We all know that London is covered in CCTV - but new figures have finally revealed the astonishing extent of the capital's Big Brother.

According to the Evening Standard the borough of Wandsworth has more than double the number of CCTV cameras than Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool put together - having doubled the number in the last three years. This is despite, the Standard notes, the borough having the lowest crime rate for an inner-London borough.

The research, which was carried out by pressure group Big Brother Watch, also discovered that of the ten local authorities with the most CCTV, 7 were in London. Hackney, astonishingly, has more CCTV than all of Wales combined, and enough cameras for one in every 90 residents.

Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Greenwich, Hillingdon and Ealing also made the top 10.

Surprisingly though, the number of CCTV cameras nationally actually appears to be falling. According to the Big Brother Watch report (warning: PDF), the number of local authority CCTV cameras nationally has since 2012 fallen by 12.5% to 45,284.

Spending is also falling too. While around £277m is spent on installing, maintaining and monitoring cameras, this is a 46.4% fall from 2012. Though what is curious is how this cash is spent: In Wales, there's an average spend of £9000 per camera, versus around £4000 in Hackney. Similarly, Croydon spends £24 per resident per year on CCTV, whereas Bromley spends just £4.

So with all of this CCTV around, you might want to think twice before committing any crimes. And if you do want to commit a crime, it probably isn't a good idea to try to burgle a CCTV company. [Standard]