Crime-busting cameras are rolling at last

Coun Nick Worth: cameras are rolling.
Coun Nick Worth: cameras are rolling.
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Live images are being streamed from the first of South Holland’s new generation CCTV cameras to a professionally manned, 24/7 control room at Boston.

The £100,000-plus crime-busting system – covering Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland – should have been ready to roll by the end of February, but technical problems with the proposed “link” for transferring data to the control room meant the cameras were still in their wrappers last month.

Professional CCTV operators know what to look for and have access to the police network so they can get an immediate response when they have to. The cameras can zoom over a greater distance and they cover far greater areas.

Deputy council leader Nick Worth

In May, district council deputy leader Nick Worth blamed contractors for the delay and said the solution – using a different network – should have been found sooner.

This week he revealed some of the 17 cameras proposed for Spalding have already gone live and contractors will soon start work in Holbeach and Crowland, where they will replace the current cameras linked to Spalding Police Station.

The new generation cameras give much clearer images than their predecessors, equivalent to HD television pictures, and make it possible for CCTV operators to “follow” suspects whether they are on foot or in cars.

Coun Worth said: “Professional CCTV operators know what to look for and have access to the police network so they can get an immediate response when they have to. The cameras can zoom over a greater distance and they cover far greater areas.”