Camera surveillance

Various fixed and mobile cameras have been installed in public spots in the city in order to fight crime, nuisance and violence on the streets. By using video pictures the police can react more rapidly when incidents occur.

Camera surveillance is worthwhile only if it is targeted and used selectively in combination with regular police surveillance. The police and municipality install cameras when all other anti-crime and anti-violence measures have proven ineffective. The police view the video images ‘live’ and deploy officers on the beat when they spot an incident. They can also install temporary flexible cameras.

Locations

The duration of the camera surveillance depends on the nature and the extent of the nuisance. The mayor decides each year where the cameras will be positioned following an evaluation. There are approximately 140 fixed video cameras in The Hague:  

  • in streets around the Hollands Spoor train station and The Hague’s Central Station
  • in shopping areas: Herengracht, Korte Poten, Plein, Lange Poten, Vlamingstraat, Laan, Spuistraat, Stationsweg, Wagenstraat and Grote Marktstraat
  • in red-light districts: Geleenstraat, Hunsestraat and Doubletstraat
  • along the coast, the Strandweg and the boulevard in Scheveningen

In addition the municipality has approximately 15 flexible cameras:

  • on New Year’s Eve at high-risk locations
  • at spots with ongoing nuisance and violent incidents: for example, Delftselaan, Kaapseplein, Hoefkade and the Koningstraat

Privacy

The videotapes are secure and only a small group of police officials is allowed to view the images. The images may be kept for a maximum of 28 days. Images where serious incidents can be seen will be transferred to an investigation unit and may be kept longer. The municipality and other parties have no access to the images.

Accessing the images

Private people may not access the images. Were you the victim of a crime and do you suspect that there is video footage? Indicate this in your police report. The police can retrieve the stored images. For questions about the any stored police images, contact the police on tel. 0900 - 8844 or go to the closest police station.

Other cameras

  • Police helicopters are also able to shoot video, including thermal imaging. The secured images are available to the police control room through a video network.
  • Live View: shops and businesses can connect their security cameras to a private emergency response centre. The centre is alerted in case of an emergency and can forward the live camera images to the control room. The police can then look directly at any incidents.  

Rules and information

Published: 24 January 2014Modified: 24 October 2019