East Riding Cut CCTV Budget
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council cuts CCTV budget.
19:45 01 September 2019
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has revealed that it is cutting its investment in CCTV cameras by more than £100,000 this year.
According to the figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the council will invest £140,000 in the 2019-20 financial year. The number represents the total amount spent, minus any income the council makes.
The cost of surveillance for this year would be 43per cent lower compared to 2017-18, when the council net spend was £246,000.
The LGA said councils prioritise investment in CCTV where possible.
Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities board, said: “Public surveillance cameras have helped bring criminals to justice, increased conviction rates after crimes are detected, and are an important tool in tracking terrorist suspects.
“CCTV protects the public by dissuading crime and anti-social behaviour, assisting police officers on the ground and supporting prosecutions.”