CCTV camera boost will help keep crime down in Sandwell
An update to the technology of CCTV cameras in Sandwell will
help to cut anti-social behaviour and crime.
The cameras, which have been funded with an award of £17,000
from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Invest to Save scheme, are
being placed in priority areas.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "The Invest
to Save Grant was provided to assist reductions in Community Safety
Grant funding, by helping to maintain local services. It was a one
off grant for the year 2013-2014. Awards were made on the
principle that projects must demonstrate that they will save costs
in the long term."
"Sandwell has already been able to prove that CCTV cameras work
as a deterrent to most neighbourhood crime issues. They are
an excellent investment in improving safety and providing
reassurance to the local community.
"The technology is far in advance of anything that has been used
before and one of the many benefits is the quality of evidence they
will produce, which should help police to increase their number of
detections of criminals.
Sandwell Council leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: "Domehawk
cameras have been used in Sandwell for more than nine years to
prevent and deter crime and anti-social behaviour. They are a
shared resource between police and partner agencies, which are
focussed on addressing town issues and priorities.
"These cameras are for use in Soho and Victoria and
Princes End and we will continue to work in partnership to look
regularly at how best we deploy the cameras in the area."
Pictured above from left: Leader of Sandwell Council
Councillor Darren Cooper, with Inspector Rebecca Barnsley and PCC