New surveillance equipment installed to keep women and girls safe at Worksop

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Seven existing CCTV cameras in the city have been upgraded with high-definition infrared replacements in areas where women identified feeling at increased risk for crime.

Five other improvements are in progress.

The cameras, which offer improved reliability and image clarity, were funded by a multi-agency partnership led by Nottinghamshire Police and Police Commissioner (PCC) Caroline Henry.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry

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In partnership with Bassetlaw District Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire County Council, PCC Henry succeeded in securing £ 550,000 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets fund, to help the government reduce the violence against women and girls and increase their safety.

In addition to the upgrades, 15 new CCTV cameras will be added to the Worksop District Council network in the new year, bringing the total number funded by the project to 27.

Worksop will also see up to 200 improved street lights and three new ANPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) cameras that help police detect criminals using road networks to commit their crimes – as part of the investment.

Video surveillance upgrades have already been performed at the following locations in Worksop:

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– Rue du Pont

– Potter Street

– Retford Road

– One stop, Kilton Hill

– Edinburgh Road Shops

– Potter Street near the old police station

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: ‘These new cameras are here to protect everyone, especially the women and girls who walk in these areas and fear they may be victimized. a crime.

“Investing money in top quality high definition cameras is important for a number of reasons. We want to reassure people and reduce their fear of crime.

“We want to deter criminals from committing acts of violence and harassment against women and the general public and we want to make sure that when they do, we have compelling evidence to prosecute them.

“Our partners are working hard on the ground to get these cameras up and running as soon as possible.

“We all share the commitment to make Worksop as safe as possible and this funding will make a huge difference in our efforts.”

Bassetlaw District Council Deputy Chief Councilor Jo White said: “The women have told us they want to see more CCTV cameras and coverage and I’m delighted the upgrade is going well. advances. These cameras will improve the coverage of our video surveillance system.

“We need to be clear, while I welcome the investment in CCTV upgrades, new cameras and new lighting, this is only part of the solution.

“In order for women and girls to feel safe on our streets, it is really important that we also identify and challenge the behaviors that make women and girls feel unsafe.”

4K compatible HD infrared cameras use infrared LED lighting to capture detailed information, even in areas with little or no light.

Inspector Neil Bellamy, Bassetlaw District Commander, said: “The Safer Streets program is all about designing crime – making it as difficult as possible for criminals by taking away their opportunities to commit and get away with it. shoot.

“Improving CCTV networks will play an important role in this work – acting not only as an effective deterrent, but also as a very powerful investigative tool that will help us bring offenders to justice more quickly. Together with other planned local street lighting improvements, these measures really help keep people safe. “

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