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New state of the art CCTV cameras could be rolled out to new areas as surveys start on a string of key sites across Dudley borough.

Cameras have been replaced across the borough as part of a £1.7million programme.

Town centres including Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen and Brierley Hill are already complete with the high-tech system.

Castle Gate in Dudley, Lye High Street and other key points in the borough have also had the new system installed.

Now a string of new sites have been tipped for the cameras and Dudley Council is currently surveying locations.

Feasibility work is being undertaken in Cradley, Pedmore, the wider Halesowen Town Centre, Wollaston, Shell Corner, Netherton, Oldswinford, Upper Gornal and Quarry Bank.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

The CCTV expansion has been a resounding success to date with all our town centres covered with the new cameras.
We are now looking at a number of other locations where the cameras could be fitted and have surveys being carried out to determine if and where they should be installed. “This, I am sure, will be a massive boost to the people in those areas.

Old and outdated cameras were ripped out as part of the expansion and replaced with new state of the art kit. The new cameras are capable of capturing minute detail over hundreds of metres.

The council will be considering the results of the surveys over the next few months and deciding the best locations for the new cameras.

Meanwhile, the council has a set of deployable cameras which can be used to target specific locations to deal with repeated fly-tipping or other anti-social behaviour. The council uses detailed data to determine where to position the cameras and works with police on their use.

For more information on CCTV in the borough visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/community-advice/cctv-use-in-the-dudley-borough/

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