How Many CCTV Cameras are in the UK?

Research by Clarion Security Systems estimates that there are over 7,371,903 CCTV cameras in the UK, meaning there is 1 CCTV camera for every 11 people in the UK. You are likely to be captured on UK CCTV up to 70 times per day. (2022)

Depending on which website you visit, the number of CCTV cameras in the UK varies. According to a 2013 report by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), there are between 4 and 5.9 million cameras in the UK. This provided a very broad estimate, and the figure is now nearly a decade old.

We thought we’d look into these figures to get a more concrete estimate of current CCTV numbers in the UK, given the rise of home CCTV cameras, doorbell cameras, council investment in CCTV systems, and more commercial CCTV systems being installed.

We estimated 942,562 CCTV cameras in London in our resource about CCTV numbers in London. This was based on a population of 9,425,622 million people in London.

UK Population Numbers

According to Office for National Statistics, Scotland’s population in 2022 is estimated to be 5.51 million, in England and Wales (in 2021) this was 59,597,300 (56,489,800 in England and 3,107,500 in Wales) and Northern Ireland’s population in 2022 is estimated to be 1.91 million, totalling 67,017,300 million people in the UK.

According to the BSIA report, there will be one CCTV camera for every 14 people, with one camera for every 11 people in the busiest areas.

With the substantial growth in CCTV numbers at residential addresses, as well as the increase in commercial CCTV and council-owned CCTV systems, we can estimate that there will be 1 CCTV camera for every 11 people in the UK.

This would indicate that the UK has over 7,371,903 CCTV cameras.


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