Date published: 26 January 2018
Cameras have been installed in key locations in Hemswell Cliff to help create a safer community for residents. The CCTV will help prevent and detect criminal activity including anti-social behaviour.
The new cameras are monitored by West Lindsey District Council with all footage being recorded 24/7. Operators actively monitor the cameras to detect and respond to incidents as they happen.
West Lindsey District Council works closely with Lincolnshire Police and images from the cameras are shared with the police control room and officers on patrol. Images are also reviewed to support any police or council led investigations with CCTV being produced as evidence.
Cllr Trevor Young, member champion for community safety and anti-social behaviour welcomed the news.
He said: “We have listened to the needs of residents in Hemswell Cliff and we are pleased that we have been able to provide CCTV coverage for them. We hope this will act as a deterrent for any anti-social behaviour and give communities confidence by creating a safer community.”
In 2016, the council upgraded its CCTV capabilities to use the latest HD, CCTV technology. Images are recorded and transmitted in high definition, greatly improving the quality of footage and evidence produced.
The Control Centre was also completely refurbished to make best use of the cameras. New and larger HD monitors allow staff to see better quality images to identify incidents and offenders.
Cllr Paul Howitt-Cowan, West Lindsey District Council’s ward member for Hemswell Cliff also welcomed the news.
He said: “We are working closely with the parish council and residents in Hemswell Cliff on a number of projects. There was strong support for CCTV to be installed to keep people and their property safe. We can provide better coverage and provide high quality of evidence if needed.”
Cllr Graham Prestwood Chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council said: “We are very pleased at the continued support we receive from West Lindsey District Council in our aim to create a better, safer and more pleasant place to live.
“The addition of the CCTV cameras is gratefully received and welcomed. We hope and believe it will play a large part in our efforts to reduce the crime and anti-social behaviour which has blighted the village in recent years.
“It gives residents the ability to report crimes and anti-social behaviour anonymously without the need to give the all-important evidence, we hope that in most cases this can now be provided by the CCTV. Whilst we appreciate people’s desire for privacy, the only people who need to be concerned by the cameras are those who are up to no good.”
The CCTV Service operates in line with a strict Code of Practice to ensure compliance with the law and that individuals rights are protected. All CCTV staff undergo training to use the camera systems.
The cameras also have privacy protection to ensure only public areas can be monitored.
For more information about Public Space CCTV in West Lindsey please visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/cctv
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