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[12 FEB 99] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Caught In The Act

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are being hailed a success in two Warwickshire communities, after helping to catch over 250 crooks in the last year. Stratford-upon-Avon and Studley both have CCTV systems monitored 24 hours a day by Stratford District Council.

Latest figures for 1998 show that the CCTV system had identified 366 incidents which required the police, a 70% increase on the 1997 total.

As a result of these incidents over 250 individuals were arrested by the police, which represents an increase in arrests of 66% when compared to the 1997 total.

"This clearly demonstrates the value of CCTV in helping to detect crime," said Cllr Geoff Freeman, Stratford District Council's Chairman of Community Services.

"The District Council recognises the importance of its involvement in community safety, which is why we helped fund these two CCTV schemes and why we are partners with the county council and police in the recently announced crime and disorder audit.

"CCTV forms an integral part of that audit, as one of the aims is to reduce the fear of crime. I believe these latest figures speak for themselves as they show that CCTV really works and helps communities feel more secure.

"Local businesses also play a vital role in helping to support the running of CCTV, and I urge them to please continue to do so."

The schemes' original set up costs of 430,000 were funded by the District Council, Stratford Town and Studley Parish Councils, local businesses and 102,000 from the Home Office. On-going annual running costs of around 80,000 are met by the District Council, with local businesses contributing about 9,000.

MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Mark Lepkowski, press officer on 01789 260104 or
Paul Ogden, amenity services manager on 01789 260611
e-mail: paul.ogden@stratford-dc.gov.uk
   

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