New CCTV Plan

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive councillors have agreed a new CCTV Plan for the next four years.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services spoke after the meeting. He said: “CCTV is a familiar feature of modern life, but this Plan is about making sure our CCTV service continues to make a real and significant contribution to reducing crime and anti social behaviour in our communities.

“We want the Service to develop whilst still remaining effective and providing value for money. The economic climate is challenging, but we’re looking at ways to make the provision better by using an intelligence-led approach to camera locations, using new technology to add value to what we do and looking to work in collaboration with other authorities and national CCTV providers.”

The Plan also considers the part that Public Space CCTV has to play in Central Bedfordshire as the population and housing provision grows.

The first steps will be taken in April 2013, when a review of incident demand for crime and disorder will be carried out. This will be mapped against current CCTV provision to ensure that cameras have an optimal coverage.

In May 2013, updated procedures will be put in place to determine the criteria for moving any of the four re-deployable cameras the council currently has.

Cllr Spurr added: “Over the last 12 months, council staff have been working hard to audit the current infrastructure and investigate the possibilities of partnership working. It is an ongoing process but one that we think is really important in our duty to protect the public.”

The CCTV Plan will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that any service developments are reflected in the Plan.