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Barnsley tackles anti-social behaviour with mobile digital surveillance.

TSS (Traffic Safety Systems) : 01 June, 2007  (Application Story)
The latest digital surveillance and recording systems have been installed in Barnsley Police patrol cars as part of the neighbourhood crack down on anti-social behaviour.
TSS (Traffic Safety Systems) - part of AD Group - has supplied its
latest PatrolVu mobile digital CCTV system to equip two new patrol
vehicles in support of Barnsley's multi-agency Safer Neighbourhood Teams
(SNTs). The solution is being used primarily to help tackle anti-social
behaviour and reduce crime and disorder in the local area.

The new vehicles, which TSS has fitted out, feature low light CCTV
cameras on the front and also roof mounted; an on-board monitor for
image review; advanced digital recording and control equipment and
external microphones. This is in addition to three other vehicles with
older analogue systems delivered previously by TSS.

Comments Martin Kenworthy, a Tasking Officer with Hoyland and Wombwell
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) based at Hoyland Police Station: "We tend
to use the vans more overtly rather than covertly for neighbourhood
policing. The key problems we face, and which PatrolVu is helping us to
clamp down on, are alcohol related disorder associated with underage
drinking and general youth nuisance.

"A good example of the sort of activity we have to deal, while on
patrol, is where large groups of youths congregate at night in a field
adjacent to a local housing estate to drink alcohol. In this case rather
than simply sending Impact Wardens or Police Community Support Officers
into the field to take drinks off the underage youths, which will tend
to make them scatter and cause more problems, we are able to apply the
equipment intelligently to identify specific things they are doing by
using the PatrolVu system's powerful roof mounted camera, with 18x
optical zoom, and so take more targeted action against key individuals.

Adds Kenworthy: "Crucially, the presence of the vans provides much
needed reassurance to the local community that problems are being
tackled as well as making offenders think twice about their actions,
particularly when large groups start to disperse where, without the vans
in place, additional anti-social behaviour could occur."

"External microphones linked in to the PatrolVu system allow us to
pick-up sound. This facility has proved invaluable in identifying
trouble makers. In the heat of the moment people tend to call their
associates by their real rather than assumed name!"

TSS has helped Barnsley in its transition from analogue to digital CCTV
by providing vital training and technical support. In addition, going
digital removes the tape management issues associated with the older
technology. Now with the NetVu ObserVer video management software image
sequences or book marked incidents can be easy selected and reviewed on
a PC, once downloaded from the PatrolVu unit's hard disk.

Said Alan Mole, Managing Director, TSS: "We are extremely pleased with
the success of PatrolVu in Barnsley. This type of solution is proving to
be an invaluable resource to combat street crime and anti-social
behaviour. As a mobile solution it can be rapidly deployed to known hot
spots to act as a high visibility deterrent, preventing incidents from
happening in the first place and where events are in progress reducing
the chance of an escalation and, crucially, allowing the gathering of
vital evidence. The value of mobile CCTV was underlined recently when
CCTV images of an attack on one of the wardens involved in the Barnsley
scheme led directly to that suspect being identified and taken to court."
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