Moveable hidden cameras at dumping hot spots to catch fly-tippers could become part of South Holland’s new CCTV system.
Coun Gary Taylor, the district council portfolio holder in charge of the CCTV roll-out, said covert cameras and additional cameras to fill in gaps are part of his “long term aspiration” for the system.
He also wants to persuade community leaders in Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton to opt in, saying a car that was evading police could have been detected much sooner had there been more cameras in the area.
That incident was reported in the Spalding Guardian early last month when a car being pursued by police hit a resident’s fence in Sutton Bridge. A man was arrested and a police helicopter searched for a second man.
Coun Taylor believes parish councils in the Suttons have concerns over police response times, but says the presence of cameras is proven to deter crime.
South Holland now has its third CCTV system in a decade – monitored for the first time 24/7 by professionals at Boston.
Coun Taylor said: “Fifteen Spalding cameras are actively being monitored at the control room, with the final three Spalding cameras due to come online next month.
“At all camera locations we have upgraded cameras with high definition images available to us.”
He said between December 1 and February 29, CCTV had supported eight arrests and helped in an additional 41 incidents.
Incidents include alarm activation, missing person/concern for welfare, public order disturbance, robbery, theft, wanted person, suspicious activity, antisocial behaviour, shoplifting, drink driving and road traffic collision.
Achieving a fully functioning system has been dogged by delays, but Coun Taylor expects remaining issues to be sorted out within weeks.
Issues included problems in transmitting images from Crowland and Holbeach to the control room.
Coun Taylor said: “Alternative transmission options have been agreed and we are waiting for confirmation of installation dates for these two links.
“In the meantime, all cameras in Holbeach and Crowland have been installed, are recording locally and images are available to us if needed.”
The control room also links to the local Shopwatch radio and supports this scheme free of charge.
• In mid-February of last year, Coun Nick Worth – who was at that time in charge of CCTV – said the cameras would be ready to roll by the end of that month but in May the cameras were still in their wrappers because the “link” that was earmarked for transferring data between Spalding and the control room wasn’t up to the job.