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Longfield businesses call for CCTV after series of robberies

PUBLISHED: 14:21 17 September 2012

The owner of a Longfield jewellery shop that was targeted in two separate robberies earlier this year is heading a campaign by local businesses for CCTV to be installed in the area.

In June bespoke jewellery was stolen from Bourne and Kemp in Station Road costing the jewellers £30,000 in losses and damages, and again in July two teenagers were arrested after an armed robbery.

Robert Bourne said: “There has been crime on and off here for some time. Everyone is in agreement with the petition. There is a great community spirit here which could do with a bit of practical back up. Dartford has a very good monitored CCTV system we could be part of.”

However Dartford council has decided against CCTV and instead will consider rolling out its Dartford Town Against Crime scheme which involves people in the community sharing information about crime in the town via radio.

A council spokeswoman said: “The call for monitored CCTV is understandable but even a fully specified system can only really contribute to local safety when there is an adequate communications system on the ground to enable offenders to be tracked and apprehended. The first stage of this is to roll out the Council’s enormously successful ShopSafe scheme in places like Longfield and the Cabinet has agreed to support that if local retailers are willing to proceed.”

Dartford council received a quote from a company for £20,008.55 which would cover eight CCTV columns to be included in the Dartford CCTV scheme.


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