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MIC Cameras Keep Glasgow City Streets Safe At Weekends

Bosch Security Systems : 22 February, 2010  (Application Story)
A safe environment on Glasgow city streets is being encouraged with the help of a scheme involving the use of MIC Series cameras from Bosch with optional PA attachments to reduce social disorder, anti-social behaviour and hooliganism
MIC Cameras Keep Glasgow City Streets Safe At Weekends
More than 30 Bosch MIC Series 400 cameras are protecting the public in
Glasgow City Centre following successful trials of the equipment in other
parts of the city.

Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS), an organisation set up by
Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police, was keen to provide the city¹s
three million visitors and locals alike with a safe environment to
socialise. So it created the Night Zone, a partnership initiative that is
designed to help residents and visitors get home quickly and safely from a
night out in the city.

With an average of 100,000 people coming into the city centre on a Friday
and Saturday evening, (GCSS) worked together with its partners to enhance
street lighting, increase CCTV coverage, provide a help point network and
introduce transport marshals to answer questions from the public on how best
to get home.

Brian Maguire, Managing Director at Racam, installers of the CCTV system
explains: "When we were approached by GCSS for this project, we had in mind
that we would use MIC Series cameras. Glasgow City Council installed some 20
MIC cameras in the parks about five years ago and it was impressed with the
camera¹s robustness, design and image quality."

Part of the appeal was the MIC camera¹s compact, attractive design which
allows for discreet integration into urban environments, but the ability to
react to situations as they arise was also key, which is why the MIC Series
400 PA version, with twin public address speakers was specified.

MIC Series cameras have also been fitted to 19 of GCSS vehicles to provide
mobile surveillance and were part of a solution trialled during the Scottish
Cup Final last year, as Walter Kean, Head of Facilities at GCSS comments:
"In the first year the cameras were installed, we conducted a survey and
discovered that there had been a 20% reduction in offences, particularly
around taxi ranks," he says. "During the cup final we were able to deploy
the vehicles to the coach drop off points, to monitor the fans' behaviour
that kind of versatility is invaluable to help drive the reaction from the
police or council."

All Bosch's MIC Series 400 pan-tilt-zoom cameras are rated to any
industry-leading IP68 for uncompromising performance in the most extreme
surveillance environments and can be mounted upright, inverted or canted for
total installation flexibility.

Walter Kean concludes: "Such is the success of the Night Zone scheme that
700 hundred crimes have been prevented, amounting to a saving of at least
£500,000 a year. A number of other councils across the country have visited
to see the set up for themselves and are now using it as a template for
their own CCTV solutions."

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