Changes to North Devon’s CCTV service agreed

Posted on: 18 April 2018

Changes to North Devon Council’s CCTV service are to be introduced on Tuesday 1 May.

At a meeting of the council’s Executive (Monday 9 April), members agreed to recommendations in a report that highlights a number of changes to the district’s CCTV service. The report followed a public consultation and extensive review of the service.

The council’s CCTV service currently provides monitoring by 85 cameras, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to the age of the equipment, the cost of the service is high and, despite a very positive relationship with the police, they do not contribute financially to the service. The review identified a number of options to reduce the cost of the service, whilst directing efforts and resources to the areas of most need.

The agreed changes are:

• CCTV cameras will be positioned in locations where they are most needed (based on evidence of incidents)
• the CCTV control room will be manned during the hours of most need
• cameras will continue to record incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• CCTV staff will continue to support the Barnstaple Against Retail Crime (BARC) and Barnstaple Against Night-time Disorder (BAND) schemes.

North Devon Council leader, Councillor Des Brailey, says: “The CCTV review concluded that the service is highly valued by many, and it is an essential tool in the detection and prevention of crime. However, it’s a very expensive service and there are some weaknesses due to the age of the equipment. The changes we are making to the service are an interim step to achieving a cost effective, compliant service while we pursue a larger partnership project.

“We are exploring the longer term options with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner which has set out a commitment to support local authorities that wish to invest in CCTV systems. Ilfracombe Town Council have explored an interim measure prior to our final solution, however, they are keen to explore future solutions with North Devon Council and the Police and Crime Commissioners office.”

Leader of the Independent Group, Councillor Mike Edmunds says: “I am glad that the district council is exploring the long term options. In the meantime, Ilfracombe Town Council were shown, at their last council meeting, the cameras that will cover Ilfracombe High Street.”

The minutes of North Devon Council’s Executive meeting are available on the council’s website, dated 9 April 2018.

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