THE policy of using CCTV systems to keep the streets safe as well as clean has been defended by the local authority in light of a warning to councils which snoop unfairly on residents.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader of Hillingdon Council, said capturing an offence on camera was no different to a police officer having witnessed the incident.
His comments come in light of a letter sent to every council in England by the Local Government Association instructing them to participate in a review of how cameras are used locally.
Mr Puddifoot said: "The use of these powers in Hillingdon is carefully controlled, and only used to detect fraud, anti-social and criminal behaviour.
"A cleaner, greener and safer borough is one of our priorities and we will use CCTV to help protect and enhance the quality of life for our residents by tackling the types of issues they tell us they want to us deal with.
He added it was not fair for residents to have to put up with repeated flytipping and graffiti and fines issued through CCTV could help reduce the problem.
New laws to fight terrorism gave councils access to phone and email records and permission to use surveillance - but examples of abuse of these powers include a family in Dorset who were followed for several weeks to check if they actually lived in a school catchment area.
Other uses include examining rubbish to monitor household waste.