CCTV has been in use for many years and is utilised in a number of ways. One of the most popular applications of the technology is in the fight against antisocial behaviour. The presence of the cameras can sometimes be enough to deter potential criminals, and if such people do commit illegal acts, the images captured can be used to help catch and convict the perpetrators.
One local authority in England that is set to upgrade its CCTV cameras is Ledbury Town Council. According to reports in the Ledbury Reporter, the organisation’s finance and general purposes committee has voted in favour of installing new, more up-to-date cameras around a local recreation ground.Deputy mayor Tony Bradford noted that the area has seen many anti-social acts over the years and the problem looks set to continue if no action is taken.
He added: “The CCTV cameras we have got around there at the moment are not that good, although they were all that was available when we put them in. Now CCTV technology has come on in leaps and bounds and so we want to look to the future and replace them.” The local politician also pointed out that he receives regular complaints from residents located in the area and he has seen large amounts of litter, as well as damage to signs and fences. This makes the installation of new cameras a “necessity”, he argued.
He went on to state: “We have recently had the new play area at the recreation ground, and with summer coming along we want to make sure it is safe for everyone.” According to Councillor Bradford, the main point of the cameras will be to act as a deterrent. He also revealed that the council, which comprises 18 elected members, has had success before in reducing crime using CCTV.