Salford Community Safety Partnership in its ongoing commitment to the prevention and detection of crime and disorder across the city is continuing to invest in the delivery of a city wide public space CCTV system.


Salford City Council’s first CCTV system was installed in the 1990s and in 2010, Salford City Council opened the doors of a new state of the art CCTV control room. Our new control room was officially opened by the Home Secretary and features a wealth of features that contribute to our ability to promptly detect and respond to crime and disorder.

These features include our direct radio communication into Greater Manchester Police and the co-location of Trafford Council’s CCTV service as well as Salford City Council’s City Watch mobile guarding response service.

Current situation

Our current CCTV system comprises of around 120 fixed public space CCTV cameras spread across Salford with a further 10 mobile deployable CCTV cameras recently purchased. These mobile cameras can be deployed to new crime hotspot locations and have proven successful in detecting and prosecuting incidents of illegal fly tipping – please see Operation Pandora for our ongoing results.

Our control room is staffed 24/7 and is audited every year to the British Standard 7958 ‘CCTV Management and Operation’. We also hold certification for BS 5979, Security Alarm Monitoring.

Since 2013 Salford City Council has been using high definition, high zoom CCTV cameras, which are better able to capture the level of detail required in order to secure successful prosecutions. The increased image definition and camera zoom capabilities of these newer CCTV cameras together with their wider angle of view has allowed us to reduce the number of CCTV cameras we operate, without reducing the amount of area we can monitor.

The following images show the capability of our recently installed 50x optical zoom high definition CCTV camera.

The new cameras also better enable us to monitor public space during hours of darkness with less reliance upon street lighting. Please see the images beneath to see the difference in night time performance between our new low light CCTV cameras and our previous CCTV cameras.

An image of Church Street by day

Church Street by day

An image of Church Street by night

Church Street by night

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This page was last updated on 4 September 2023

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