Closed circuit television systems (CCTV) are an essential component of the safe management of sports grounds. They should be installed wherever possible for three main purposes:
- It offers ground management an effective means of monitoring crowds and any instances of overcrowding, crowd management, crowd disorder, anti-social behaviour and threats to security.
- CCTV allows personnel in the control point to identify incidents, either by viewing the monitor directly or after receiving reports and then, by use of the system, to make a more details appraisal.
- In the event of crowd disorder, anti-social behaviour, an accident or a threat to security, CCTV systems enable the management to use recordings for evidential purposes.
CCTV should never be considered as a substitute for good stewarding or other forms of safety management.
The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) outlines details on the use of CCTV.
In addition, the following guides are useful for ground management teams:
- CCTV Code of Practice (Information Commissioner’s Office)
- CCTV Operational Requirements Manual (Home Office)
- Digital Imaging Procedure (Home Office)
- Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems. Code of practice (BSI)