More CCTV to be installed across Harborough

06/03/2019

More closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are to be installed in Harborough district, alongside support being offered to villages which want to install their own.

As part of a review of its CCTV services, Harborough District Council will provide new CCTV cameras at the Symington's Recreation Ground, which the Council owns, and in St Mary's Road in Market Harborough.

The Council is also considering installing additional CCTV provision in Welland Park in Market Harborough, at Lutterworth Country Park, and at other locations across the District, subject to feasibility studies and consultation with the Police and other partners to assess the benefits and ensure value for money.

The additional cameras will be installed through a planned programme over the next three years.

As well as increased CCTV coverage, Harborough District Council is offering to monitor new CCTV camera systems which Town or Parish Councils may decide to install independently.

The Council's Executive, which agreed to the CCTV report at its meeting on 4 March 2019, said its successful use of CCTV continues to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime maintaining the Harborough district's reputation as having one of the lowest crime rates in the East Midlands.

Councillor Michael Rickman, Harborough District Council's portfolio holder for Community Safety said: "We are working closely with the Harborough District Community Safety Partnership and the police to provide extra CCTV in the places that our residents have told us they would like to see it and in the places where there is evidence it could be of benefit. The last upgrade of CCTV in 2016 resulted in significant annual savings through reduced maintenance costs which will help us provide more opportunities for increased coverage going forward."

Harborough District Council is currently responsible for the monitoring of 22 CCTV cameras in Market Harborough (16 cameras) and Lutterworth (6 cameras) town centres. Its CCTV control room has strong links to the Police, and provides radio coverage through Harborough Against Retail Theft (HART) and Pubwatch, with cameras monitored 24 hours every day.