Gloucester Cathedral installs CCTV cameras to deter anti-social behaviour

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Gloucester Cathedral has installed 17 CCTV cameras to help decrease anti-social behaviour around the building.

56 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported at Gloucester Cathedral in the first six months of 2017, including theft, criminal damage and drunken behaviour.

According to police CCTV operators, the cathedral is often used as an escape route for shoplifters thanks to its numerous entrances and exits. The new cameras will be monitored at Gloucestershire Police control room in Quedgeley.

Theo Platt, head of development and communications hoped that the cameras would act mainly as a deterrent.

“We will be installing new signage to make it obvious that there are cameras in operation,” he added. “Lots of different people use this space, we want to make sure people are safe and that it’s an environment people want to spend time in.”

CCTV supervisor Alison Wright said: “We lose an awful lot in the cathedral grounds, with regards to shoplifters who run. There’s an awful lot of exits and entrances into the cathedral grounds, it will be brilliant we can now follow these people. CCTV is now expected and plays a huge part in anything we need evidence for.”




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