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Council looks to North Wales PCC and Community Councils to help ‘save the CCTV in Wrexham’

An Ai Review of the recent Wrexham Council CCTV article and its potential impact on public safety

It's not always easy to be, or remain impartial despite what we would like to think, so we decided to ask an AI system for analysis of the the recent Wrexham proposals to seek their PCC to take over the operation of their CCTV system, as shown in the recent article online.

The leader of Wrexham Council has said ‘conversations were ongoing’ with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) over the future funding of the city’s CCTV provision.

See a link to the complete article here

We asked ChatGPT to analyse the full online article with the following prompt.

"Please act as an analyst and review the text below in quotation marks and highlight how such a strategy may be detrimental to the public."

Below is the ChatGPT response

Analysis of Potential Detrimental Effects to the Public

The strategy outlined by Wrexham Council Leader Mark Pritchard concerning the future funding and operation of the city's CCTV system presents several potential detrimental effects to the public:


Reduced Safety and Crime Prevention:

CCTV Coverage Gaps: The funding cuts and potential transfer of responsibility could result in reduced CCTV coverage, particularly in areas outside the defined 'civic area.' This reduction may lead to gaps in monitoring, thereby diminishing the system's effectiveness as a deterrent and investigative tool for crime.

Increased Crime: Reduced CCTV coverage could embolden criminals, knowing there are fewer surveillance cameras to capture their activities. This could lead to an increase in crimes such as vandalism, theft, and violence, particularly in underserved areas.

Inequitable Burden on Community Councils and Private Entities:

Financial Pressure on Community Councils: The requirement for community councils to contribute £1500 per camera may strain their budgets, particularly for smaller councils with limited financial resources. This could result in uneven surveillance coverage across different communities, leading to disparities in safety.

Impact on Businesses: Businesses might face increased costs if they are required to fund their own CCTV systems. Smaller businesses, in particular, might struggle to afford these expenses, potentially compromising the safety of their premises and customers.

Potential Administrative and Operational Challenges:

Coordination Issues: Transferring the responsibility of CCTV from the council to North Wales Police may lead to administrative and operational challenges. Coordination between multiple entities (the council, police, community councils, and private businesses) can be complex and may result in delays or inefficiencies in maintaining and monitoring the CCTV network.

Accountability and Oversight: Shifting responsibility may blur lines of accountability, making it more difficult for the public to know who to approach with concerns or issues related to CCTV. This could reduce the transparency and responsiveness of the system.


Public Perception and Trust:

Erosion of Public Trust: The uncertainty and potential reduction in CCTV services might erode public trust in the council’s ability to ensure community safety. This could lead to a perception of neglect and reduced confidence in local governance.

Community Tension: Disparities in CCTV coverage and funding contributions could create tension among different communities and between the public and local authorities. Some areas might feel unfairly treated or neglected, leading to dissatisfaction and reduced cooperation with council initiatives.

Impact on Night-Time Economy:

Economic Consequences: The night-time economy, which relies heavily on CCTV for safety and crime prevention, could suffer. Patrons might feel less secure visiting areas with reduced surveillance, potentially leading to a decline in night-time activities and revenue for local businesses.


While the council's strategy aims to manage budget constraints and ensure the sustainability of CCTV services, it poses significant risks that could adversely affect public safety, equity, and trust. Effective mitigation strategies, such as ensuring equitable funding distribution, maintaining clear accountability, and enhancing community engagement, are crucial to addressing these potential detriments and preserving the benefits of the CCTV system for all residents of Wrexham.


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Unknown member
Jun 07

It would be interesting to see what the difference would be if the original question was worded as follows:

"Please act as an analyst and review the text below in the quotation marks and highlight how such a strategy may be beneficial to the public?"

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