New high tech CCTV cameras are being installed this week as part of a major overhaul of the safety network across Dudley borough.
More than £1.7million is being invested in new state-of-the-art cameras to boost safety across the borough.
The council announced the scheme as part of its budget proposals for next year.
New fibre optic cabling has been installed to sites across the borough as part of the improvements to the network. The plans also include new state of the art digital cameras which will be monitored from a new control base.
Community safety boss, Councillor Laura Taylor, was on-hand to help put one of the new cameras up in Dudley Market Place this week .
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:
This is a major overhaul of all of the CCTV cameras in the borough – the first in a generation.
These new cameras are more sophisticated, provide more detailed images of issues and when the roll out is complete, will provide greater coverage of our town centres and wider borough.
I’m sure this work will be welcomed by residents, shoppers, businesses and tourists all over the borough.”
As part of the scheme the current central control base is moving from a local police station to a new, highly secure facility specifically designed to meet the requirements and demands of a modern CCTV service. The new high-tech cameras will have greater capacity to monitor town centres and hotspot crime areas, while working in conjunction with West Midlands Police, providing live CCTV images to the control room.
There are also a number of mobile cameras which can be used to target hotspot using robust supportive intelligence reports drawn up in partnership with West Midlands Police. Part of the intelligence comes from reports from members of the public about fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, and residents are being urged to continue to report issues to the council.
Sally Bourner, Chief Superintendent, Dudley Neighbourhood Policing Unit Commander, said:
We are working closely with Dudley Council to help develop their deployment of CCTV. This is one of many ways where together we can improve the quality of life for local people and prevent crime, keeping Dudley the safest borough in the region. There are also many ways local people can help particularly by playing an active and neighbourly role in their communities. One of the ways I would encourage people to consider getting involved is through Street Watch. To find out more people can email Streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk ”
An audit of 80 cameras across the borough has found many are old, outdated or in need of repair. Once the scheme is complete there will be a mixture of static and mobile cameras, expanding to more areas than before.
The new cameras will be fully installed by spring next year.