CCTV helps police and other support services respond to over 5,000 incidents in the St Albans District in 2012, says report
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A total of 5,131 incidents were dealt with as a result of the CCTV cameras in 2012, made up of 4,460 in St Albans and 671 in Harpenden, which equates to an average of 14 incidents per day across St Albans District, the “Community CCTV Annual Report” for 2012 published by the St Albans City and District Council has revealed.
The Council has 99 public space CCTV systems deployed across the district and there are also two systems, each featuring four cameras, which can be easily re-deployed at identified crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots, depending on specific requirements by the relevant forces.
The report claimed the police were the highest source for incidents but pro-active patrolling by CCTV operators also generated a large number of incidents. Across St Albans District suspicious behaviour was the type of incident recorded most frequently, followed by shoplifting.
Mark Loveday, neighbourhood inspector from Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “We work closely with the Council and CCTV operators to detect and prevent a wide range of crimes and anti-social behaviour. CCTV also acts as a deterrent to reduce crime and help improve the safety of residents, workers and visitors to St Albans District.”
As part of the report, the St Albans City and District Council also revealed plans plans to upgrade the CCTV control room, providing funds were available. The upgrade would see outdated monitors replaced with flat screens utilising multi-media capability to provide better image quality and flexibility for CCTV operators.
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