Moray CCTV Upgrade Plan
Upgrading Moray's ageing public space CCTV system is being considered.
13:33 05 October 2020
Moray's public CCTV system's old age and condition have prompted the local council to discuss the possibility of upgrading it. The surveillance equipment is operated by the police and fully funded by Moray Council.
CCTV cameras used in Lossiemouth, Keith, Forres and Buckie are still able to record but issues, such as condensation on the lenses cause problems.
A report to go before the council's economic growth, housing and environmental sustainability committee states: "The system's live feed currently relies on two matrices delivering the public space CCTV pictures.
"These matrices are old and are working at or just above their maximum capacity and have been estimated at £30,000 to replace.
"One of these matrices has failed and a temporary repair made earlier this year has also failed. This has resulted in reduced capacity of public space CCTV."
The report also suggests an alternative technology to be trialled in one town.
The report states: "A potential system has been identified but it is not guaranteed to work and there is an offer of a trial which if it fails will not incur any costs to the council.
"An indicative cost for the trial works, if successful, at one population centre is £1400."