CCTV on London Underground
Request ID: FOI-0030-2122
Date published: 28 April 2021
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request the following information:
• How many CCTV cameras are operated by Transport for London in London Underground train stations?
• How long are recorded CCTV footage kept before being destroyed on London Underground train stations’ cameras?
• Once CCTV footage has been destroyed, can it be re-accessed or retrieved in instances involving the police or by the courts?
• The number of sexual assault/harassment cases reported at each London Underground train station in 2019 and 2020.
If it is not possible to provide the information that has been requested, due to the information exceeding the cost of the compliance limits that are identified in Section 12, please provide advice, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I may be able to refine my request to meet the requirements of the Act.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, I will be very happy to clarify why I am requesting this information and/or to discuss the request.
Our ref: FOI-0030-2122/GH
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 2 April 2021 asking for information about CCTV on London Underground.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.
How many CCTV cameras are operated by Transport for London in London Underground train stations?
There are 15,576 CCTV cameras in London Underground train stations
How long are recorded CCTV footage kept before being destroyed on London Underground train stations’ cameras?
Data is usually held for around 14 days before being overwritten. Information on how to access footage of yourself from these cameras is published at https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/privacy-and-cookies/access-your-data#on-this-page-4
Once CCTV footage has been destroyed, can it be re-accessed or retrieved in instances involving the police or by the courts?
Once the data has been deleted, it cannot be recovered
The number of sexual assault/harassment cases reported at each London Underground train station in 2019 and 2020.
Please see the attached spreadsheet, showing the numbers of recorded crimes for sexual offences. The drop in recorded crimes from 2019 to 2020 is largely as a result of the pandemic (i.e. reduced passengers using public transport and reduced opportunities for offending). Please note that these figures have been provided by the BTP and are not taken from live crime data. Numbers may have been updated since received by TfL, so for the most up-to-date numbers, you may wish to make a request to the BTP.
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FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
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