Byker CCTV Upgrade
Byker local council upgrades CCTV network as part of a scheme that aims to improve security and tackle crime.
11:24 14 March 2022
A number of new CCTV cameras are being installed in different areas around Byker as part of the scheme that aims to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
The move follows a successful bid from Northumbria Police, Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle, and other partners to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.
Cllr Clare Penny-Evans, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Climate Change and Public Safety, and chair of the Safe Newcastle board, said: “Since the Safer Streets project began in Byker, we’ve worked closely with the local community to improve the look and feel of the area, and engaged with residents to find out about what issues most affect them.
“A significant element of Safer Streets is crime prevention and this is the next step on our journey to making a lasting difference in Byker.
“Everybody should feel safe in their own home and in their neighbourhood, and we hope this significant improvement in infrastructure will give residents in Byker the confidence that their safety is being taken seriously.”
Cllr Stephen Sheraton, on behalf of the Byker ward councillors, said: “This is welcome investment in the safety and security of our communities.
“Byker is a special part of Newcastle with an incredible community spirit and this additional CCTV coverage and monitoring should deter people from engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour, and provide residents with that extra reassurance that they are safe to go about business.”
Kim McGuinness, Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a real boost for fighting crime in Byker. I hear it a lot – people tell me that with more CCTV they would feel that bit safer; and here we have it.
“These cameras can be a real deterrent for would-be criminals and those up to no good out on the streets. We have to use every tool in the box and technology can, and should, be playing a key role in modern policing. I know our police officers find these cameras are a powerful tool supporting operational activity that helps fight crime and keeps our communities safe. It’s welcome news for the people of Byker.”