Upgraded CCTV Launched
Published on Thursday, 16th July 2020
A £70,000 project to upgrade CCTV has been completed in the District with new cameras installed in Maldon High Street, Promenade Park, Hythe Quay, Riverside Park in Burnham-on-Crouch and two community centres.
The CCTV is monitored under a service level agreement (SLA) by Chelmsford City Council’s CCTV control room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which has experienced licensed staff who are also accredited with Essex Police.
The control team can highlight issues to the local policing team or our Community Protection Officers and are able to supply footage to Essex Police to support their investigations when incidents occur. The scheme has included the installation of powerful servers which retain quality images for one calendar month and the new cameras are high definition which operate at low light levels.
The upgrade to our CCTV will provide reassurance to the community and town centre businesses and will provide a clear message that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our District. We hope that the upgraded CCTV will help us to reduce crime and make people feel safer when they are out and about in the District.
Launching the upgraded CCTV at Chelmsford City Council’s CCTV control room, Councillor Bob Boyce MBE, Chairman of Maldon District Council, said; “As a Council we want to reduce crime and make people feel safe when they visit our area. We want everyone to enjoy their visit without worrying about crime and anti-social behaviour when they are doing their weekly shopping or meeting friends for a meal out. Having the CCTV monitored and recorded is a useful deterrent to anyone who thinks that they can undertake criminal activity or anti-social behaviour in our area”.
Spencer Clarke, Community Safety Manager, who is based in the partnership hub alongside the community policing team said; “Having an effective CCTV system will be a great benefit to the District and will assist in delivering the strategic priorities of the Community Safety Partnership. Whilst CCTV is often seen as a crime prevention tool, it is equally as effective in protecting our most vulnerable and can thus reduce exploitation of young people. It is already being used to help the Council make informed decisions in relation to the relaxation of lockdown, such as re-opening the High Street and to monitor social distancing so that appropriate measures can be put in place.”