Stoke-on-Trent Council reduce security costs through CCTV technology
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has managed to reduce security costs by nearly £700,000 by installing CCTV cameras and motion detectors in and around its buildings.
The council used to spend £1.6 million a year on contracted security services, which was blamed on ‘a lack of expertise, focus and control’. They centralised control within one council team, which reduced spending.
Installing CCTV cameras, motion detectors, alarms and other technology across six sites cost the council £180,000, but resulted in savings of £612,000 since the only ongoing security cost were “response guarding”.
£80,000 more savings were achieved by altering patrol patterns and types.
Originally the council intended to set up their own security company in order to deal with their £1.6 million security costs, but that isn’t necessary anymore thanks to the technology savings.
The committee report states: “The team’s actions have provided exceptional results, and the CCTV and corporate security team remains focussed on delivering every savings opportunity possible whilst satisfying our financial, health, safety and welfare, and moral duty to protect our staff, the public, physical assets and wider city interests from harm.
“The principle objective was to responsibly reduce cost without putting staff, public or assets at intolerable risk.”
Councillor Dan Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “In 2014/15 the city council spent £1.6m on contracted security services. Since then the team has done amazing work to bring that down. Now there is a minimum £692,000 of annual savings in the coming financial year, which is about an 82 per cent reduction in vacant site security costs, which is no small feat.
“It is clear they have worked hard to manage each site as an individual site and get best value for taxpayers.”
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