Long Sutton councillors are pinning their hopes on a new CCTV system making the town safer after ram raiders stole a cashpoint machine right under the “nose” of a camera.
At least four men wearing balaclavas or hoods attacked Barclays in the early hours of August 2.
They used a stolen Claas teleporter from Sutton St James and then loaded the inner cashbox on to the back of a 4x4 pick-up before making a clean get-away.
Parish councillor John Clarey said he was “absolutely amazed” a raid like that could take place in the centre of town when one of two South Holland CCTV cameras was on the bank wall or the building next to it.
Asked if the cameras were recording at the time of the raid, Coun Clarey said: “I don’t know and, to be honest, nobody’s prepared to tell you.”
Councillors were still awaiting confirmation the incident had been captured on CCTV at Wednesday’s meeting in the Baptist Church.
Earlier this year his parish council temporarily stopped its payment for the official camera scheme because it wanted to know if the cameras were actually working.
Coun Clarey said: “What’s the point of paying out £2,000 if there’s nothing on the screen? I’m concerned about the running costs if we are not happy with them.”
Clerk Karen Treacher said a new 24-hour system was being priced up.
Vice-chairman Coun Richard Hyde said: “The new system could be better.”
The council resolved to wait and see what the new system offered.