Scarborough CCTV: Borough Council announces £256,000 CCTV network upgrade plan

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Scarborough City Council wants to upgrade and expand the borough’s CCTV camera network. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Proposals to approve the significant funding increase will be presented to cabinet advisers at a meeting next week.

In recent years, evidence obtained by CCTV operators has led to the conviction of five men for the murder of Solomon Robinson, the imprisonment of two men after the murder of a 55-year-old man in 2016 and a conviction for rape.

Councilor Carl Maw, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Housing, said: “Our CCTV system has secured convictions for several serious crimes, it has saved lives and kept people safe across the borough. 24/7. It has proven itself over the years.”

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There are 244 cameras in Filey, Whitby and Scarborough which are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The cameras were also used to secure prosecution for flying tips and license violations, prevent suicide attempts and disrupt a county drug smuggling operation.

Between September and November 2021, there were an average of 360 incidents per month and 60 arrests involving CCTV surveillance.

Given the network’s vital role in preventing and detecting crime, combating anti-social behavior and keeping people safe, the council is proposing new investments.

The money would allow 28 analog cameras to be upgraded to digital to improve their operation and the quality of the images they capture.

The technology that runs the 24/7 control room would also be updated with new screens, recording equipment and camera control units.

The cash injection would extend the life of the network for many years.

Cllr Carl Maw added: “There is now a need to upgrade some of the cameras and improve the technology that runs the network.

“As part of our commitment to ensure our residents have a better life in a borough where we all feel safe, I hope that my cabinet colleagues will approve of this additional investment.

Cabinet advisers will meet at 10am on Tuesday February 15 to discuss the request for £256,000 to top up £110,000 from existing budgets.

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