Nottingham is to benefit from an extra 12 state-of-the-art surveillance cameras as part of a project to keep people safe and catch criminals.
The Home Office has approved plans for the installation of 10 new fixed CCTV cameras across the City Centre and two re-deployable cameras that can be moved throughout the City when necessary.
The cameras, which will cost almost £45,000 to install and are expected to be in place next month, are being funded by the City’s Safer Streets project and come in addition to the CCTV camera already installed at Bridlington Street Play Area through the scheme.
They will be monitored at Nottingham City Council’s existing CCTV control room based at Woodlands in Radford, which has direct access to Nottinghamshire Police via radio link.
Safer Streets funding will also cover the £17,600 costs to maintain the cameras for the next five years.
Last summer, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry secured £432,000 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund to improve safety in the Arboretum and Lenton Triangle areas of the city.
The funding is being invested in a series of physical and environmental improvements in the areas to combat crime including free security upgrades and Ring doorbells at hundreds of residential properties in the City.
Before Christmas, the team submitted new plans to invest some of the £432,000 into additional CCTV in the City, which have since been approved.
Welcoming the move, Commissioner Henry said: “These cameras are great news for the City and will make it much harder for offenders to get away with their crimes.
“Local people have had enough of criminals bringing misery to their lives and deserve to feel safe and protected when going out their daily lives.
“Criminals should take note; if you continue to plague our city streets, you will be caught.”
Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said: “Tackling crime in Nottingham is one of our top priorities. People should feel safe living or visiting the city, the additional CCTV will help protect more of our residents.
“The Council and its partners take a hard approach to crime in the city and working closely together I know we can do more to tackle the issue, and this new CCTV is just one of the ways of doing just that.”
Chief Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Expanding the city’s CCTV network is great news for both us as officers and most importantly for residents.
“CCTV plays an important role in our work, particularly in our continued proactive work to prevent crime, as well as in our investigation of offences, and expanding this coverage in the city will only help us and make it harder for offenders to get away with their crimes.
“A number of the cameras are also mobile and residents can be assured that we will continue to listen to any information or concerns and put resources where we are being told they are needed.”
The new cameras are being installed on existing lighting columns.
The proposed new fixed CCTV camera sites are as follows:
- Douglas Road
- Balfour Road
- Baldwin Court & Health Centre
- Wood Street into Moorgate Street
- Forest Road West
- Alfreton Road
- Hardy Street
- Peveril Street
- Oldknow Street
- Thurman Street
- Cope Street
- Collison Street