Almost half of Havering’s council-operated CCTV cameras do not work properly, according to figures from June.
In Romford town centre alone, there are 18 “faulty” CCTV cameras and 30 that are working properly.
In the borough’s “housing” areas, there are 151 faulty cameras, plus a further 14 that have been disrupted by redevelopment works.
In total, 177 out of a total of 406 cameras across the borough are faulty, according to a report prepared for the council’s crime and disorder sub-committee meeting on September 29.
A spokesperson for Havering Council said the figures are only a “snapshot in time” and that cameras listed as faulty are not “necessarily completely broken”.
They said: “Some cameras may have had a fault which could have been resolved in a day, whereas others may have taken longer to repair depending on the issue and the availability of parts.
“Our housing cameras are still recording locally, however, due to the Waterloo Road redevelopment there has been some short term disruption to the system which expected to be resolved by mid-October.
“The council has already committed £250,000 to improve the camera system, and a more detailed review is taking place to consider the future provision of CCTV across the borough so that we can ensure that the system is meeting the needs of residents and the community.”