Changes proposed for North Devon CCTV service
Posted on: 15 December 2016
Changes to North Devon Council’s CCTV service could be introduced in April next year.
At a meeting of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee today (Thursday 15 December), members supported a report that highlights a number of changes to the district’s CCTV service.
The report will now go to the council’s Executive for a final decision on the recommendations, which are the result of a public consultation and extensive review of the service.
The council’s CCTV service currently provides 117 cameras, which are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to the age of the equipment, the cost of the service is high and although there is an excellent relationship with the police, they do not make a financial contribution to the service. The review has identified a number of options to reduce the cost of the service, whilst directing efforts and resources to the areas of most need.
The recommended changes are:
- CCTV cameras will be positioned in locations where they are most needed (based on evidence of incidents)
- cameras will record incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- the CCTV control room will be manned during the hours of most need (Monday to Thursday from 9am to midnight, Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5am)
- CCTV staff will continue to operate the Barnstaple Against Retail Crime (BARC) and Barnstaple Against Night-time Disorder (BAND) schemes
North Devon Council leader, Councillor Des Brailey, says: “The CCTV service is highly valued and is an essential tool in the detection and prevention of crime. However, it is an expensive service and we need to make sure our resources are directed at the areas of most need.
“We have been in discussions with the Devon and Cornwall PCC and they have made it clear how important CCTV is to their service. Executive will consider the report in the New Year and, if approved, the changes will come into effect in April 2017.”
A copy of the report is on the council’s website, within the agenda for the Overview and Scrutiny meeting, dated 15 December 2016.Posted in: Community