Lack of CCTV monitoring in Braintree town centre harming fight against crime, traders say

Braintree and Witham Times: Lack of CCTV monitoring harming fight against crime, traders say Lack of CCTV monitoring harming fight against crime, traders say

Crimes may be going unsolved because town centre CCTV cameras are not being actively monitored, a traders’ group claims.

The Braintree Against Retail and Business Crime Group (BARC) has expressed concerns about cameras controlled by Braintree Council.

The council is considering scrapping its CCTV funding in Braintree, where it currently controls eight cameras, as part of a budget review.

George Yard Shopping Centre monitors its own cameras around-the-clock, but CCTV elsewhere in the town is not constantly monitored.

BARC claims that cameras have been facing away from incidents when crime occurs.

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10:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Actiively monitoring costs a fortune. Will they pay for it or shall our council tax go up again?

Be realistic. We have far too many CCTV cameras. I'm happy to lose them UNLESS they can prove it's a crime hotspot. Too often they were just put up in the paranoid years. WE have more cctv than the rest of Europe combined...
Actiively monitoring costs a fortune. Will they pay for it or shall our council tax go up again? Be realistic. We have far too many CCTV cameras. I'm happy to lose them UNLESS they can prove it's a crime hotspot. Too often they were just put up in the paranoid years. WE have more cctv than the rest of Europe combined... Jack222
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11:40am Fri 17 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Where's the Big Society then?

Couldn't they be actively monitored by suitably cleared public spirited volunteers?

I can't believe there wouldn't be a flood of applicants if such a scheme was promoted.

And it would give them a welcome break from 'Come Dine With Me' and 'Corrie' that's for sure - although I can't say it would be likely to offer too much variation from 'Jeremy Kyle'!
Where's the Big Society then? Couldn't they be actively monitored by suitably cleared public spirited volunteers? I can't believe there wouldn't be a flood of applicants if such a scheme was promoted. And it would give them a welcome break from 'Come Dine With Me' and 'Corrie' that's for sure - although I can't say it would be likely to offer too much variation from 'Jeremy Kyle'! OMPITA [Intl]
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