We use 259 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Torbay to:

  • help tackle crime
  • keep the public safe
  • Find missing people
  • monitor traffic flow

164 cameras are in our town centres and car parks and 15 cameras are used to watch the traffic. The rest are in public buildings, including the Town Hall, public libraries, and Torre Abbey. 

Images are recorded 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Recordings are retained for 30 days unless a request is received to retain a particular piece of footage for a longer period. Footage from the system can be used as evidence in both criminal and civil court cases.

Police access to CCTV footage

Where an offence has been reported in an area covered by our CCTV cameras, the Police may ask to view any CCTV footage that might be helpful.

Request CCTV footage

By law, you have a right (subject to certain exemptions) to be told whether any personal data is held about you, including CCTV footage. 

If you would like to apply for subject access to our CCTV footage please complete the application form and send it to us.

  Apply for access to CCTV footage