CCTV system set to be deployed in Bungay town centre

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A new CCTV system is set to be deployed Bungay town centre later this year, as police figures reveal a spike in anti-social behaviour, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

Following advice from Suffolk Police, nearby towns and experts in planning and enforcement, 13 security cameras will be placed around six or more buildings in Bungay.

The plans also include a receiver on the council offices, which will be in a locked room, with footage only available to be viewed by council staff or the police.

In a statement to the community, a spokesperson for Bungay Town Council said: “Our assessment involved advice from the Police, nearby towns with CCTV systems, experts in planning and enforcement as well as security companies.

“A risk assessment was undertaken to make sure we complied with the Data Protection Code of Practice for Surveillance Cameras and the Gathering of Personal Information published by the Information Commissioners Office.”

According to Bungay’s town clerk Jeremy Burton, the planning applications for the installation of the CCTV camera are still with East Suffolk Council, but is hoped to begin in September this year.

The cameras are expected to cost £14,000 and will be installed in two phases around the Buttercross, Old Market, Broad Street, Trinity Street along with additional cameras in along St Mary’s Street, Earsham Street and Lower Olland Street.

As well as anti-social behaviour, the CCTV is also hoped to deter joyriders through the town.


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