Completed CCTV system officially launched in Fleetwood
Published on Thursday 11th February 2010
Phase 2 of Fleetwood's CCTV system will be officially launched on Tuesday 16 February.
Invited guests gathering at Fleetwood Police Station, including Joan Humble MP, will be shown just how effective the state-of-the-art cameras are proving in the town's fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
They will see for themselves the extensive range of each camera as they get behind the controls and they will meet volunteer operators who man the control room during key times.
Phase 2 was completed in December 2009 and the system now has 13 wireless cameras up and running. These are flexible and to some degree moveable with the ability to provide 24-hour recording either on a roving patrol or fixed pattern. This means Fleetwood is benefiting from the most comprehensive system in the whole of Wyre.
The project has been realised by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership. Councillor Graeme Cocker, who chairs the partnership, said: "There is no doubt that a CCTV system of this quality can benefit the community, both as a deterrent and a way of catching offenders in the act.
"Footage from the cameras has already helped secure a number of convictions, some for quite serious crimes.
"We are delighted to have been able to bring such an efficient tool to make Fleetwood a safer place to live."
Chief Inspector Tracie O'Gara of Fleetwood Police, said: "The CCTV system is a great asset in our fight against crime and we have had some really good results from it so far. It is another tool that helps us do our job and keep our community safe. It acts as a visible deterrent and works in conjunction with our other systems to help us with our investigations."
Since the cameras were installed, crime in Fleetwood has reduced by around 10 per cent (2,709 recorded incidents in 2009 compared with 3,006 in 2008).
In Pharos ward, where the majority of cameras are placed, there were 1,221 crimes between January 2008 and November 2009. This was reduced to 1,058 between January 2009 and November 2009, representing a 14 per cent reduction.
Don't forget to click on the link to see examples of how the CCTV system is making a difference: http://collateral.newsflashconnect.co.uk/RemoteStorage/Wyre/Releases/1587/Examples.pdf
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