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Crime detection improves with CCTV use

Mendip Council : 04 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Mendip Council is helping to beat crime in its towns with CCTV surveillance after the technology helped to improve detection by over 70%
Crime detection improves with CCTV use
The number of arrests linked to incidents caught on Mendip’s CCTV cameras has increased by more than 70 per cent.

The figure has been revealed by Mendip District Council, which manages the cameras in all of the five main ‘towns’, as part of increased monitoring of Mendip’s night time economy.

Between April 2007 and March 2008, police made 48 arrests as a result of CCTV operators alerting to them to incidents unfolding in front of their eyes on CCTV monitors. During the same period the previous year that figure was 28.

The number of incidents seen by CCTV operators has also doubled since efforts were stepped up to monitor the district during the evenings. In 2006/07 the number of incidents observed was 113 compared to 219 the following year.

This meant that at about one in five of those incidents at least one arrest was made.

The figures also show that during the first three months of this year, more than 50 per cent of requests for images were for incidents that took place during monitoring hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cllr John Osman, chairman of the Mendip CCTV user group, said: “These figures demonstrate that CCTV in Mendip is a valuable tool for police in fighting crime, especially for those incidents which take place during the evenings in Mendip. These figures, with more than 20 per cent resulting in an arrest, compare favourably with those reported by the national media.

“However, we must remember that Mendip is a low crime area, and it is important for the public to be reassured that when action is required it is taken. These results are a credit to the efforts of our staff and CCTV volunteers who come from local communities.”
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