FAQs - ANPR

Can you tell me the locations of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras under the Freedom of Information Act?

In simple terms, no we cannot. The disclosure of the locations of our static ANPR cameras would have a serious negative impact on the proficiency with which Wiltshire Police carry out intelligence lead and operational policing. Revealing the locations of cameras weakens the systems utilised in the monitoring of criminal activity and specifically terrorist activity; this would place the security of the county and the country at an increased level of risk. ANPR is an invaluable tool and is used in conjunction with other tools to help uphold national security. The safety of the public is of paramount importance to the police and the impact of disclosure of camera locations, making the public better informed about the systems and its use, is not outweighed by the fact that disclosure would put the public at greater risk.


How many ANPR reads are recorded on average in Wiltshire?

Throughout 2015 there was an average of over 550,000 reads per day between fixed and mobile ANPR units.


How long is ANPR data stored for?

ANPR data is retained for a period of two years before it is deleted. Rules and procedures are in place to ensure compliance with the data access and audit requirements of the National ANPR Standards for Policing.


Is there a Code of Practice or National Standards that ANPR follows?

The Home Office has produced a  Code of Practice for Surveillance Cameras which covers ANPR cameras.

In addition there is the  National ANPR Standards for Policing (NASP).


Does ANPR infringe my Human Rights?

ANPR is utilised for the prevention of disorder or crime, in the interests of public safety or if there is a pressing social need. When weighing up the placement of static ANPR cameras, significant consideration was given to the Human Rights Act. Wiltshire Police have assessed the deployments of fixed ANPR cameras and determines that the locations they have been placed to be lawful and proportionate to the volume and type of crime and the privacy of individuals is not unduly compromised.

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