Councillors Support Peterhead CCTV
Councillors back plans to install CCTV in Peterhead.
17:16 25 March 2019
Councillors support plans to install CCTV in Peterhead following a spate of alleged break-ins over November and December last year. A petition calling for a security system to cover the town centre has been signed by 800 individuals and was handed in to council bosses last month.
The local authority’s infrastructure services is set to prepare a document on possible CCTV solutions, including ownership, sustainability, maintenance and on-going running costs. Chris White, the council’s area manager for Buchan, said that new cameras could be just one solution for making the town’s streets safer.
He added: “There are three substantive costs. Firstly the installation, the biggest cost is the surveillance and staffing, and thirdly having an up to date system.
“We have got to make sure we have the right system in place and it produces usable evidence.
“Looking at the evidence crime of in Peterhead it is actually at a low level. There is an assertion in the petition that is at a high level.
“I think fear of crime is a greater issue than crime itself.
“In addition to the CCTV it would be useful to get an update from the police on crime in the town centre.”