New CCTV Cameras for Falmouth
New CCTV cameras are set to be installed in Falmouth as part of a scheme to help prevent violence against women.
08:44 22 October 2021
A £33,000 scheme will see the installation of CCTV cameras in Falmouth to help prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the area.
The local council has secured funding from Cornwall Council following a successful bid to the Government's Safer Street fund. The scheme aims to improve security for residents and more than 11,000 students attending Falmouth and Exeter universities. The Safer Streets grant will also be used to support a student-led VAWG group to run awareness campaigns.
Anna MacGregor, domestic abuse and sexual violence coordinator at Cornwall Council, said: “Women and girls should not feel threatened or intimated on our streets."
“The increased CCTV is a great asset in relation to everyone’s safety in Falmouth, but it is the awareness-raising and training that will have long term impact and help to highlight the longstanding risk posed to women and girls in our society.
“We have to dismantle long-standing cultural, societal and gender norms and to do this we need to engage with everyone in our communities and collectively challenge inequality from a gender-informed perspective.”
Olly Bayliss, community safety officer for the West of Cornwall at Cornwall Council, said: “Safer Falmouth has listened to the local community and recognises that there is concern among young women and girls in the town.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy our town and feel safe. This money gives us a fantastic opportunity to fund projects that will challenge behaviours, raise awareness and help people feel safer.”