CRIME-BUSTING CCTV cameras are being expanded, more than doubling the coverage in Witham.

Sixteen new state-of-the-art cameras are being put up, taking the total in the town to 27.

The town council says the cameras have been positioned in strategic locations to boost security and provide increased visibility in key areas.

A spokesman said: "The decision to expand the CCTV network is part of ongoing efforts to improve security and enhance the overall quality of life in Witham.

"With these additional cameras, the town's surveillance capabilities will be more robust and efficient than ever before."

The CCTV cameras record high definition video and have advanced technology for improved low-light performance.

They can also be remotely monitored and managed.

The spokesman said: "With the new system in place, Essex Police in partnership with Witham Town Council will be better equipped to respond to incidents, deter criminal activity and maintain a safer environment for all residents and visitors."

Funding for the cameras was secured with Braintree Council through the Home Office Safer Streets programme which aims to slash neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour and violence against women and girls.

The town council has also employed a street warden to support the work being carried out by Community Special Constables who will all be able to utilise the cameras.

Town councillor Lucy Barlow said: “We are so pleased that our new cameras are finally in place, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the council officers and staff.

"The enhanced camera network has already been of service in deterring anti-social behaviour and improving street safety, fulfilling our aim to enhance our community here in Witham.

"These cameras are a vital resource and we are grateful to everyone who has made this project happen."

Braintree Council's Mary Cunningham added: “The work done as part of the Safer Streets initiative in Witham has allowed for lots of initiatives to help residents feel safer - the latest development being the installation of these new CCTV cameras, which mark another important milestone of this project.”