Council CCTV cameras in Reigate & Banstead town centres are to be removed, but others in parks and multi-storey car parks will be upgraded.
The move by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council follows a decision by Surrey Police to cease monitoring the cameras from Reigate police station from 2023.
A report in December to the council’s executive committee said police data showed that public CCTV cameras in the borough are seldom used as a “detecting factor” in crime.
Instead, footage from mobile phones and private CCTV is more often used – technology which has proliferated since the council’s first cameras were installed in 1995.
The 121 cameras owned or powered by Reigate & Banstead are also in need of upgrades, and some may no longer meet a “pressing need” under data protection laws.
The council will decommission the cameras and infrastructure, except for those in Bancroft Road and Clarendon Road car parks, and in Priory Park, Memorial Park and Neville Park, which will all be upgraded.
The upgrades will include a switch from analogue to digital systems, the introduction of modern fibre or wi-fi connections, and a move to recording images locally with the council.
After initial costs in 2021-22, the changes will eventually save the council around £80,000 a year.
The council will tender for the work, after which it will be able to draw up a timetable.
Surrey Police have said that they are taking part in discussions with the council and others about how CCTV in the borough should look in the future.