A great way to tackle crime or a big brother style invasion of privacy? CCTV cameras can be found on most high streets nowadays. And one of the largest CCTV hubs in the country, covering North Kent has resulted in thousands of arrests since it came into operation last April.
The majority, for shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, assault and affray. Sarah Saunders spoke to Sgt Steve Holpin from Kent police and Medway Council's Robin Cooper.
More than 100 arrests have been made in Bournemouth since the introduction of mobile CCTV cameras in the town 12 months ago. The local council say they have "improved community safety." But civil rights groups say that the equipment invades peoples privacy.
Plans to install surveillance cameras in taxis in Oxford have been put on hold. The City Council wants to make it compulsory for drivers to have the equipment in their cabs. Concerns about privacy are being investigated.