CCTV camera monitoring to be scrapped across Carmarthenshire due to funding cuts

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In spite of a rather adverse public reaction, the CCTV system across Carmarthenshire is set to be scrapped after the local authority has withdrawn £104,000 for the camera network as part of spending cuts, a recent news report has been able to reveal.

Although cameras in Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen and Llanelli will be retained, the recorded footage captured by 87 cameras will no longer be monitored live, which means that four members of staff will also be made redundant.

It follows Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon’s decision to withdraw around £44,000 in funding for the service in January 2015. Back then, an independent review, commissioned by Mr Salmon, found there was no case to support active monitoring of public CCTV.

The review also found there was little evidence that cameras deterred violent or alcohol related crime.

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