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CCTV camera network to cut crime

About £500,000 has been spent on a new anti-crime network of CCTV cameras officially launched in East Northamptonshire this week.

Cameras from Oundle down to Rushden are aimed at helping to stop vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the main high streets of the town centres.

Northamptonshire Police officers believe the cameras are already working as a deterrent.

During testing, officers have already been alerted to several incidents.

This has been an important project for the council and shows our commitment to making our town centres safe places to visit and to invest in
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Andy Mercer

East Northamptonshire Council leader Andy Mercer said they needed to be able to stop trouble before it started.

"This has been an important project for the council and shows our commitment to making our town centres safe places to visit and to invest in," he said.

"We will be working with the police and other partners to see just how effective the system is so that we can make wise decisions about how to develop and improve community safety across East Northamptonshire in the future."

Images from the CCTV cameras are being monitored 24 hours a day in the control room, which the council shares with Kettering Borough Council.

The control room has the most modern high-quality digital equipment available to record images to help the police fight crime and anti-social behaviour.

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Published: 2005/06/29 11:42:30 GMT

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