Cirencester Town Council takes on the running of the town's CCTV equipment following a £40,000 investment

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Town Council takes on the running of the town's CCTV equipment following a £40,000 investment Cirencester Town Council takes on the running of the town's CCTV equipment following a £40,000 investment

THERE will be no place on the streets for Cirencester criminals to hide following a hefty investment into the town’s CCTV operations.

Outlined in its most recent budget, Cirencester Town Council will pump £40,000 into a new and improved CCTV system in a bid to keep the town safe.

“Cirencester and the Cotswolds is already a very safe place to live,” said Andrew Tubb, the town council’s chief executive.

“But we have found that a large number of people living here suffer from a fear of crime rather than actual crime itself,” he added.

The running of the town’s CCTV operations used to be the responsibility of Cotswold District Council but was transferred to CTC during the last 12 months.

Mr Tubb said: “Having taken it on, we are looking to improve the whole system. This town council is very proactive. When we are able to take something on, we will.”

In 2010, the Standard launched a petition calling on CCTV in Cirencester to be improved after it was revealed that CDC had halved its monitoring time from 112 hours a week to just 56 hours in 2008.

The petition was backed by a list of over 1,000 signatures.

Statistics suggest that communities with operational security cameras have a lower crime rate than areas without.

The new system will be rolled out in the town centre to begin with before moving out to other parts of the town, including the new 32-acre site at Kingshill.

At a special meeting, held last month, the town council voted in favour of increasing the annual budget to £840,550.

For more information, visit www.cirencester.gov.uk.

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1:28pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Well done to Mayor Joe Harris for fulfilling this void left by Cotswold District Council who cowardly cut the CCTV coverage in a secret decision behind closed doors.

People who know Joe will also be aware he was mugged when he was a 17 year old in Cirencester....but he went on to dust himself down, got himself elected and is now changing things for the better.
Well done to Mayor Joe Harris for fulfilling this void left by Cotswold District Council who cowardly cut the CCTV coverage in a secret decision behind closed doors. People who know Joe will also be aware he was mugged when he was a 17 year old in Cirencester....but he went on to dust himself down, got himself elected and is now changing things for the better. Olly Cromwell
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2:08pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Geoff66 says...

Hang on a minute before you celebrate too much...... a CCTV system is only as good as the equipment you have in place and is also dependent upon how well it is maintained, but perhaps more importantly, the basis of any worthwhile and proactive CCTV system, is having the system permanently watched!!!

If you have a poor system in the first place and one which isn't being manned, then what is the value of this system?? And secondly, if the camera evidence can't be accessed and relied on for sufficient evidence, yet alone offer the ability to make a definitive facial recognition, then unfortunately this system is pretty worthless.

In addition, the bigger you make this system, then the harder it becomes to manage and maintain.

Beware Cirencester, otherwise we could end up spending money on a worthless system, and we might just as well sick up signs and hope the dissuades potential wrong-doers
Hang on a minute before you celebrate too much...... a CCTV system is only as good as the equipment you have in place and is also dependent upon how well it is maintained, but perhaps more importantly, the basis of any worthwhile and proactive CCTV system, is having the system permanently watched!!! If you have a poor system in the first place and one which isn't being manned, then what is the value of this system?? And secondly, if the camera evidence can't be accessed and relied on for sufficient evidence, yet alone offer the ability to make a definitive facial recognition, then unfortunately this system is pretty worthless. In addition, the bigger you make this system, then the harder it becomes to manage and maintain. Beware Cirencester, otherwise we could end up spending money on a worthless system, and we might just as well sick up signs and hope the dissuades potential wrong-doers Geoff66
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