State of the art CCTV system deployed to tackle crime in Bedford’s Midland Road

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A new project to install a state of the art CCTV system aimed at tackling crime in Bedford’s Midland Road has received over £430,000 in funding as part of the Home Office’s Safer Streets project following a successful bid by Bedford Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

“The Safer Streets project offers a real opportunity to work with the community around Midland Road, and invest with them in making their neighbourhood a safe place to be,” said Cllr Colleen Atkins, portfolio holder for community safety.

“We regularly work with organisations and businesses around Midland Road and I know how deeply people in this area care about their community.”

The funding will see a major upgrade to the CCTV system in Midland Road area, with new Smart Cameras being installed.

These cameras have the ability to analyse shapes and movement in public spaces and recognise suspicious behaviour that can initiate criminal activity, such as large groups congregating, or people loitering.

The CCTV control room receives an alert from the cameras and the operator will decide what action to take, if required.


One of the key elements enabling Stoke-on-Trent City Council to reduce security costs was remote monitoring.

At CCTV Surveillance, we can offer you this service. We have seen it save countless customers money just like the council due to less staff being needed on patrol and lower insurance costs.

The CCTV Surveillance monitoring centre is staffed 24/7 all year round by highly trained operators, all of whom share a passion for security. They can take immediate action on the video footage that they are alerted to, either by using the intercom link to warn away offenders or calling the police and specified keyholders.

Our top-range systems use the latest digital technology to provide real time viewing and control of cameras via a broadband connection. For further security and information gathering we can provide you with facial recognition CCTV software (including a revolutionary rapid deployment kit) and automatic number-plate recognition, and even facial recognition access control systems if required.

We provide several other security services as well as remote monitoring, such as our System Takeover, where we can take on the time and responsibility of running and maintaining your existing security system for you. All of our CCTV systems can also integrate with our access control systems. For example, this could allow the automatic opening or barring of doors if a certain person is picked up on the cameras.

If you are worried about the security of your premises, we can perform an in-depth assessment with a full spectrum penetration test which replicates real-life threats – everything from social engineering to lock picking and getting past alarms. We can also provide a smaller physical penetration-only test.

If you want to reduce security costs today, please contact us on or ring 01480 223955.

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