CCTV is known to help police and local authorities clamp down on anti-social behaviour and crime, and now it seems yet another council has given in and purchased the surveillance system in a bid to reduce the number of problems on its streets.
Caerphilly Council in Wales has installed CCTV in and around Gelligaer and Pantside as they look to reduce ant-social behaviour numbers.
It is the latest in a long line of CCTV instalments, which have so far proved extremely valuable in this council area alone. According to latest figures, and over the last twelve months, CCTV operators have kept a close eye on and dealt with nearly 2,500 incidents that have been shown up on the cameras. Many of these images have been recorded and stored to help police with enquiries, and many of these images have led to successful arrests.
As well as the standard surveillance systems which simply capture images, the local council has also enjoyed success with the ‘talking CCTV’ camera which issues a warning to people who are intent on causing havoc, that they are being watched. These cameras, in particular, are proving a real success story, with anti social behaviour numbers diminishing all the time.
The council also has installed ‘help buttons’ at many bus and train stations in the local area so that should anyone need to report anything, they can do so.
This Welsh council is one of many Councils in the UK investing money and faith into CCTV cameras, and enjoying the rewards of reduced crime numbers and anti social behaviour-related incidents. And, according to the local authority, it has all been worth it, with a spokesperson saying “it is a vital tool against crime and anti social behaviour.”.
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