Dudley Council CCTV Room
High-tech CCTV cameras that have the capability to zoom in 36x are now in operation in Dudley.
07:45 05 January 2022
Dudley local council has invested in powerful new cameras that can zoom in 36 times as part of a drive to improve safety and security in key areas of the town.
The CCTVs are monitored 24/7 in a control room, which is set for a boost with plans to invest more money into the system. Reports reveal that the council is looking to add an extra £320,000 a year for the next three years to make the network more effective. This follows a £1.7 million project that has seen ageing, outdated cameras replaced with state-of-the-art units.
Richard Sharman, security officer at Dudley council, said: “The new security measures in place are fantastic, and some of the best security cameras I have seen as employed in the sector.
“It means over the Christmas holidays, people can be safe and assured the council is looking after them and preventing violent crime, and especially thefts and burglaries.
“Some of our cameras are able to zoom at 36 times the distance from the camera, which is amazing.”
Cllr Laura Taylor-Childs (Con, Norton), and cabinet member responsible for CCTV, said: “It is fantastic to see improvements into our security operations here in Dudley.
“The extra investment will help strengthen the process of how we use deployable cameras element allowing us to target problem areas, and hopefully yield results when we can catch and prosecute people who dump rubbish, cause damage and commit any other crimes.
“There is also money for extra staff which will allow us to improve monitoring.
"This investment is a clear signal of intention that we will grow this network as much as we can to make Dudley as safe as we possibly can.”