Scottish Borders Council Consider CCTV Investment
Scottish Borders Council is weighing if an £850,000 investment is worthwhile after it emerged that only 25% of the CCTV cameras are working properly.
12:24 29 September 2019
Scottish Borders Council, which is responsible for maintaining cameras in Duns, Hawick, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Eyemouth, Selkirk and Melrose, has launched a public survey to find out if £850,000 investment should be made in light of other budget pressure. The survey has been announced after it emerged that only one in four cameras are operating as they should.
SBC's executive member for roads and infrastructure, Gordon Edgar, said: "We know that CCTV can be a useful tool for the police and communities in terms of public safety.
"However, we also know that in order for the cameras to contribute to creating safe environments in our towns, the technology needs to be kept up-to-date.
"With a growing demand for our services, and budget constraints, the council must consider whether replacing the current system is value for money, and what other options are available."