Barrow CCTV Reader Reactions
FOI request reveals the actual number of CCTV cameras currently being used to monitor areas in Barrow.
16:37 13 July 2021
Residents of Barrow have reacted following a freedom of information request revealed that only 12 CCTV cameras are currently being used to monitor the town.
Tony Moon said: "Most of them are redundant" while Sharon Smith replied: "Most won't work, none work in Ulverston."
All twelve cameras are currently being operated by Cumbria Constabulary. Ten of which are located within the town centre while the remaining are used to monitor Egerton Court. The cameras, which are funded by BAE Systems and the South Crime Safety Partnership, went live in February 2020. They are facing the entrance and the opposite side of Egerton court and provides coverage of the area.
Meanwhile, a new camera may be installed on Duke Street if proposals submitted to Barrow Borough Council are approved. The cameras are being used by the police and local authorities in their long-term fight against crime, including drugs and anti-social behaviour.
Neil Probert a user on the website commented and said: "Police officers on the beat are a far bigger incentive for people to behave in a sociable manner than CCTV cameras."
Lynn Harrison said: "Want some in Dalton Rd to see all the cars going down it."
Stephen Snell said: "That should read the number of CCTV cameras that actually work".