New North East Lincolnshire £2.2million CCTV Network
New North East Lincolnshire is set to spend £2.2million on its CCTV network as it continues to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.
20:57 31 March 2022
Members of North East Lincolnshire Council have agreed to invest £2.2million in the new CCTV system as a part of a scheme that aims to fight crime and anti-social behaviour.
The project, which was initially approved last year at the cost of £1million, now costs more than 100per cent of the initial budget due to rising costs and the new specifications for the cameras and control room. A part of the fund will be used to build a CCTV network hub with built-in new power supply.
The report to members of the cabinet meeting next week states: "This will enable the council to operate an effective modern CCTV capability utilising the latest technology and transmission infrastructure to improve community safety and reduce crime and the fear of crime."
The report adds: "During the initial phase and in consultation with Humberside Police via a crime mapping exercise, it was identified that the system would benefit from an additional 51 permanent camera locations being included in the project. In addition, it was also recommended that several standalone CCTV systems being operated by individual Council premises be incorporated into the tender specification in order to ensure that all systems were overseen by a central control room function."
Portfolio holder for safer communities, Councillor Ron Shepherd said: "The new system is built for the future and will be able to be built on to. It is not just for the next 20 years, it will have the capability to be built on to over the next 20 years.
"My vision is for a CCTV capability which can have rapid deployment and to carry out enforcement. This will not just be for looking out for crime but to also become a good enforcement tool, so that we can respond immediately to things like damage to new trees at People's Park and thefts of sculptures from Weelsby Woods. This will mean catching someone taking a park bench or causing damage. The new cameras will be a deterrent. There will also be traffic cameras which have been useful in tracking travelling criminals," said Councillor Shepherd.