HSBC Seek CCTV Approval
HSBC seeking for councilâ€™s approval to install two cameras on the front of its Victoria Square branch to tackle anti-social behaviour.
14:32 04 March 2019
HSBC Victoria Square branch is asking the council’s permission to install two CCTV cameras to deter rough sleepers in the area from leaving excrement and vomit in its doorway. Its staff has also reported intimidating behaviour towards both customers and branch staff. Reports of punching, kicking and headbutting the windows during opening hours have also been noted.
An HSBC UK spokesman said: “Over the last few months we have received feedback from both customers and branch staff that they have felt uncomfortable or intimidated as a result of anti-social activity taking place immediately outside the branch.
"It isn’t fair on our customers or members of staff to endure this intimidating behaviour, and it is hoped the installation of additional CCTV cameras will be a deterrent as well as providing evidence of any incidents that may take place.”
Aside from plans of installing CCTV cameras, Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering the town centre will also be used to stop drinking on the streets and begging as these could damage the town centre’s appeal as a place to live, shop and visit.