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CCTV cash injection approved

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A £1milllion cash injection to extend the CCTV network across Dudley borough even further has been approved.

Dudley Council will add an extra £320,000 a year for the next three years to make the network more effective.

The spend was approved at a meeting of the full council this week.

It follows a £1.7million overhaul of the cameras over the past two years to replace ageing, outdated cameras with new, state of the art units.

The latest investment will streamline the deployable cameras system to target hotspots across the borough. It will also increase specialist staff to monitor and maintain the new system.

Councillor Laura Taylor-Childs, cabinet member responsible for CCTV, said:

 

This is the biggest investment in CCTV in a generation and is already yielding excellent results. This latest investment will allow us to build on the success we have already had by covering more of the borough and making people feel safe wherever they are.
People have told us this is important to them and we have listened.

New cameras have been placed in town centres and key locations across the borough. There are now more than 450 images being beamed into a dedicated control room 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On top of that, the council has been able to launch its You’ve Been Shamed initiative where footage of fly-tippers can be shared with the public to help catch them.

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