Warminster and Westbury CCTV Calling for Volunteers
Local UK council seeks volunteers to help run the CCTV cameras in Warminster and Westbury.
16:13 14 April 2021
The Warminster and Westbury CCTV partnership is overseen by a working group of representatives from Wiltshire Police, Westbury Town Council, Warminster Town Council, Wiltshire Council, the Army, the West Wilts Trading Estate and local businesses.
Fiona Fox, town clerk at Warminster, said: "Because Warminster and Westbury CCTV cameras are monitored by highly trained staff and volunteers, they make a real impact in reducing crime.
"Operators are in contact with the police and local businesses so that they can work together to head off incidents, nip incidents in the bud and take swift follow up action if required."
"CCTV operates on many levels. It deters crime, it can prevent crime, it records crime so perpetrators can be caught, and it reassures the public.
"CCTV is still valued despite increases in other forms of recording, e.g. mobile phones and body cams.
"Whether its theft, shop lifting, assault, criminal damage, drunk and disorderly behaviour, illegal drug dealing or such like, criminals beware of CCTV.
"By cutting crime and anti-social behaviour, CCTV helps provide a safer town centre environment. A reduced fear of crime leads to people feeling safer going out, which means more people about, which means less crime.
"There is no doubt that the public accept CCTV as part of their daily lives. There is an expectation that to make the public feel safe we need the security of cameras."