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CCTV upgrade for village

PUBLISHED: 15:59 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

CCTV cameras are to be upgraded to state-of-the-art technology to boost safety in a shopping area as part of a £175,000 improvement programme. Thirteen full colour dome CCTV cameras that are able to tilt and pan in all directions and have a powerful zoom

CCTV cameras are to be upgraded to state-of-the-art technology to boost safety in a shopping area as part of a £175,000 improvement programme.

Thirteen full colour dome CCTV cameras that are able to tilt and pan in all directions and have a powerful zoom are to be installed in New Ash Green.

The work will start this week and is scheduled for completion by December 1 if work is not held up by winter conditions.

Keith Loney, Sevenoaks District Council's cabinet member with responsibility for CCTV, said: "The investment in 13 new CCTV cameras will help to make the village centre a safer place.

"For the first time our CCTV operators can monitor and record high quality images covering most of the centre.

"These cameras can zoom in and move in all directions allowing us to follow incidents whilst gathering evidence that can be passed on to the police."

All the cameras will be linked to the Sevenoaks District Council CCTV control room, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week by fully trained and experienced staff who are licensed by the Security Industry Authority.

The control room has a direct radio link to the police who can be contacted in an instant.

Images from the cameras are digitally recorded and can be used by the police as evidence in the event of a crime.

CCTV is part of the Sevenoaks District Community Safety Partnership's overall strategy to detect and reduce crime.

In the six months from April to October 2008, the district-wide CCTV system monitored 50 arrests, instigated a further 24 and assisted the police with another 103 arrests.

The new equipment is being installed as part of a three year programme taking place across the district.

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