CCTV helps to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the town

Published: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Northampton’s Community Safety Partnership has been improving community safety by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the town with the help of CCTV.

The CCTV system has helped Northamptonshire Police and other security and enforcement staff identify, monitor and deal with 9,617 incidents between April 2017 and March 2018.

Although this figure is a slight increase on the 9,601 incidents dealt with during the previous year, the number of incidents have decreased by almost 5,000 over the past five years thanks to an improved CCTV system and more effective partnership work.

The cameras, which assisted Northamptonshire Police in identifying a wide range of incidents, which are largely low level and include anti-social behaviour, public order and theft.

Operated by Northampton Borough Council 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the cameras cover the town centre, town car parks, industrial estates and the main arterial routes. They assisted the arrests by detecting crime, providing evidence and supporting enforcement activities.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: “Our CCTV system plays a vital part in helping the partnership make the town a great and safe place to live, work and visit.

“The support that the CCTV provides to the Council, Northamptonshire Police, shops and other security personnel, not only helps to identify people involved in crime and bring them to justice. It also helps make people feel safer and aids our community safety work, which has recently been recognised by the Association of Town and City Management with purple flag status for the town.”

Detective Inspector Dave Harley, said: “CCTV plays an extremely vital part in many of our investigations with the footage often helping us to identify who has committed an offence.

“Aside from that it also contributes to making the people in Northampton feel safer and often helps us locate suspects or witnesses via media appeals.”