CCTV assists hundreds of incidents in Gravesend town centre
PUBLISHED: 11:22 31 December 2010
Spy-cam operators dealt with more than 1,500 incidents ranging from missing children to illegal parking during an eight month period.
Operated by Gravesham Borough Council staff, the cameras where used in 332 cases through G-Safe, a network of town centre businesses linked by radio throughout the town, which expanded this year to also cover Echo Square and Lion Garage areas.
They also helped in 91 missing persons cases. This follows a campaign aimed at “lost” children to go to shops displaying the I’m In logo for G-Safe so they could be reunited with parents or guardians.
There were another 309 incidents referred to the council’s community safety unit, from April to November last year, which is part of the Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Partnership with the police, councils, fire and health services, amongst other incidents.
Councillor John Cubitt, cabinet member for community safety said: “The cameras have become an integral part of crime detection and prevention and are key to keeping Gravesham safe. Crime in the last five years has reduced by 47 per cent and CCTV plays its part.
“The experienced and dedicated officers who monitor the pictures do an excellent job in spotting incidents and potential trouble as well as helping people in trouble. They play a crucial part of our Family Friendly Gravesham campaign.”
The council now operates 43 permanent cameras in and around Gravesend and on estates as well as mobile units and the system also links to shopping centres’ own CCTV.