The purpose of the study is to determine whether the Danish Ministry of Justice has ensured targeted patrolling and ensured that the police have placed CCTV systems where they have had the greatest impact on the fight against street crime. The report answers the following questions:
- Has the effort made by the police to accomplish targeted patrolling been satisfactory?
- Have the locations selected by the police for placement of CCTV had the greatest possible effect on preventing street crime?
The Ministry of Justice has not ensured targeted patrolling and has not en-sured that the police have placed the CCTV systems, where they have had the greatest possible effect on preventing street crime. The consequence of this is partly that the police fail to realize the potential of patrolling, and partly that the police could have charged more offenders based on CCTV evidence. Rigsrevisionen’s study shows that the effect of CCTV could have been more than doubled – corresponding to minimum 389 additional criminal charges in one year – if the cameras had been placed in the areas, where crime is most concentrated, and not in the areas selected by the police.
Rigsrevisionen initiated the study in May 2020.
Read the introduction and conclusion (PDF)