We use CCTV as a tool to help us keep the public safe and catch those suspected of criminal activity on the railways.

With the help of CCTV, we can:

  • Monitor potentially hazardous situations
  • Identify and follow suspects
  • Provide powerful evidence in court
  • Boost public confidence with cameras acting as a deterrent


We have access to 55,000 via a London-based CCTV Hub where we download images to create evidence packages, and identify suspects. We can also track individuals in real time where we have intelligence to suspect them.

Our team of crime reduction officers advise railway businesses on their CCTV needs and we work closely with them to ensure that we are able to get any new images into the hub.

Railway operators own and manage CCTV systems. In London, the Network Rail system covers 15 mainline stations with 1,800 cameras that record continuously. A dedicated retrieval suite employs specialist staff who manage the archiving, integrity and preservation of recordings and help our officers interpret the video captured.

London Underground operates over 12,000 cameras on its stations and trains. These cameras are managed and recorded locally and in many instances can also be viewed in the BTP Hub where we develop intelligence about particular locations and suspects.

How we use CCTV

Our aim is to use CCTV in a responsible way. This includes respecting the privacy of others, and using or storing only the footage we need to aid our investigations or operations.

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