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Council CCTV continues to help keep crime low in West Lancashire

West Lancashire Borough Council’s CCTV system and the company who operate it are continuing to help the police tackle incidents and keep crime low in the borough.

The 2017/18 CCTV Annual Report highlighted that the Council’s CCTV Unit was involved in 5633 incidents and assisted with 236 arrests.

Operators have continued to work hard at the start of 2019 with 908 incidents logged for January and evidence gathered helped police make 69 arrests, including for incidents involving shoplifting, burglary and assault.

Other incidents the team help with include missing person’s appeals and drink driving cases.

The police have made no less than 94 requests to see footage from the CCTV cameras and 30 discs produced which may be used as evidence in court cases. CCTV operators were also asked to help with observing 40 missing person cases.

Footage recorded by CCTV cameras is also being used to help the police with their enquiries regarding recent incidents in Ormskirk town centre.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “The Council listens to the comments made by residents about safety on our streets and recognises how important it is to them that they feel secure in their local communities, which is why we fund the CCTV system with an annual budget of approximately £280,000.

“The Council works with partners including the police to help keep crime low in West Lancashire and the CCTV system and operators play a significant role in helping to achieve that. The fact the police make requests to use the footage shows how effective our CCTV system is and how it provides excellent value for money.”

Chief Inspector Ian Jones, Lancashire Police Place Based Chief Inspector, said: “The CCTV system operated by West Lancashire Borough Council provides great assistance to Lancashire Police in dealing with crimes in the area. We work well with the team at the Council and the CCTV footage provided by the authority has helped us with a large number of cases.”

Over the past seven years the Council has invested in community CCTV and expanded the scheme to install cameras in areas of priority.

There are currently 106 public open space cameras across the borough, including Ormskirk town centre and various key locations. The 2017/18 annual report reviewed each camera and confirmed that cameras are appropriately located.

The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so operators are providing valuable assistance in preventing and solving crime around the clock.

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