Work has begun to install ten modern CCTV cameras in key locations across Melton Mowbray, in an effort to help prevent and detect crime in the town.
The cameras will continuously capture high quality footage at their locations, which will be monitored 24 hours a day through a collaboration with Harborough District Council, enabling the council, police and partners to utilise the surveillance technology more effectively to help keep communities safe and to help prevent and detect crime.
Work to install the cameras began on January 30, and is anticipated to be completed by Friday, February 10.
After this, the team will undertake checks in the control room to ensure the appropriate links have been established with the cameras and that they are fully operational by the end of March.
“I’m delighted we’ve secured a new high-tech CCTV system for Melton – it’s a real priority for our town and will mean that we can effectively catch and prosecute those who commit crimes,” said Alicia Kearns MP for Rutland and Melton.
“The current system dates back to the 1990s, so it was in need of an upgrade. The new system will provide much greater support to our wonderful local police team as they keep us safe, and ensure the safety of our local businesses. I know that the dark nights make many members of our community feel increasingly vulnerable, so I hope that this added layer of security in our town provides everyone with some reassurance this winter.”
Ms Kearns, together with Cllr Malise Graham, Portfolio Holder for People and Communities at Melton Borough Council, and Rupert Matthews, Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, met with contractors ACE, who are providing the cameras, to see the installation begin.
“The cameras will ensure that Melton Police have access to better resources for preventing, responding and solving crime issues across Melton and helping residents feel safer,” said Mr Matthews.
“The rapid installation of these new cameras illustrates just how effective working with our partners can be when it comes to fighting crime and making life for those who live and work in Melton Borough safer.”
“Community Safety is a priority of ours and through updating the technology and improving the monitoring that is in place, we can offer increased assurance to our community and businesses,” added Cllr Graham.
“We hope the installation process does not cause too much disruption to our residents and business owners and appreciate everyone’s patience whilst our contractors carry out these essential works throughout the town.”