Posted on 15/12/10, filed under News | No Comments
Paddock Wood in Tunbridge Wells is the latest town in the UK getting set to benefit from the installation of modern CCTV surveillance equipment, after being granted £10,000 worth of funding.
Although hidden spy cameras are already in operation in the town, they have been called a ‘waste of time’ due to the poor image quality which they provide and their unsuitable locations.
The new surveillance equipment is part of a scheme to vastly improve the overall state of the town, and funds are being provided by Paddock Wood Community Partnership.
The functionality of new cameras is far superior to that of the units currently in operation, and it is hoped that this superior picture quality and zoom functionality will help to significantly slash crime levels- in particular the growing number of incidents involving anti-social behaviour.
Council member Ron Aitchison explained:
“The current provision is not good enough. The new ones are going to be more 21st century.
“It means that the existing system will be better and more enhanced as, at the moment, it’s not fully efficient.”
The new cameras are set to go completely live by March next year.
Posted on 14/12/10, filed under News | No Comments
A councillor in Yarm has sent out an SOS to local businesses to help out with funding for CCTV surveillance spy equipment. The CCTV camera, which has only been in operation in the town for a few months, is under threat due to lack of funds, and Councillor Andrew Sherris has now called upon local traders to help to keep the camera up and running.
The surveillance equipment has already shown itself to be a success, and has helped to identify several crimes including a theft, a missing person and a physical dispute.
Councillor Sherris has calculated that if all traders in the area participated, each would only have to contribute around a mere £10 per week, and he is hoping that this small amount will prove a very attractive option for businesses who value their security.
Councillor Sherris explained:
“The system is a great success and we have, in the last few weeks alone, been able to spot a runaway youth who had been missing from home, witnessed a fight in the High Street, a robbery at a local restaurant and an attempted burglary at another eating establishment.
“Unfortunately, while I’m sure many of the businesses support the system, they don’t seem willing to help fund the monitoring…”
Without the funding, the future of the CCTV surveillance equipment looks very uncertain.
Posted on 13/12/10, filed under News | No Comments
Christmas is set to come a little early for taxi drivers in Pendle, Lancashire, as it was recently announced that CCTV surveillance equipment is to be installed in more taxis in the area.
With the run up to Christmas and the New Year notorious for alcohol fuelled violence and attacks on cab drivers, Pendle Community Safety Partnership- who have provided funding for the cameras- feel that this is the perfect time to offer a little extra protection to cabbies in the area.
As well as protecting drivers, the surveillance equipment will also help to protect passengers themselves.
The cameras have the ability to keep watch over the entire interior of a cab, and can record both video and audio.
CCTV spy cameras were installed in a number of vehicles in the area earlier in the year, and the latest plans are set to see even more cabs benefit.
The plans have been met with a terrific response from cabbies, customers, council and police officials alike, with one local councillor commenting:
“We know that these cameras help protect both the customers and drivers by preventing anti social behaviour and crime.
“Every Hackney or Private Hire vehicle is fitted with window stickers warning passengers that images and audio may be recorded and used as evidence.”
It’s set to be a very merry Christmas in Pendle.