In the Autumn of 2017 a number of break-ins prompted Tetbury Town Council to start looking into a CCTV scheme for the town centre. The Police told us on several occasions that CCTV would have been a helpful tool in identifying those responsible.
An initial consultation exercise was carried out using Survey Monkey. That survey showed 76% of responders supported the installation of CCTV. We did not know the likely cost of the scheme at that time – and that is the reason for this latest survey. We want to be sure that the community still wants CCTV in the light of the finances.
In view of that support, the Council put in an application to the Police and Crime Commissioner for 50% funding of a scheme recommended by the CCTV consultant recommended by the Police.
The recommended scheme will cost £61,000 – after deducting the 50% grant the Council will be left with £30,500 to pay for its installation. Installation costs would be phased over two years – £16,500 in 2018/19 and £14,000 in 2019/20. Once in place, the Council would be responsible for on-going maintenance, repairs and service costs. On-going costs (electricity, licences, Wi-Fi) would cost from £4,850 to £6,850 each year thereafter.
What will that money buy us?
Four mobile CCTV cameras to be installed on to six points in Long Street, Church Street and at the roundabout by Market House. The four cameras would periodically be circulated around the six locations. The cameras would be linked by Wi-Fi direct to the Police CCTV control station in Quedgley – which would allow the Police direct access to images of Tetbury in the event of an incident being reported. The CCTV staff there would be able to operate high-quality, high-specification cameras that can ‘pan, tilt and zoom’ – i.e. move to follow incidents around the town and to zoom into faces and car number plates. At other times, the cameras would simply record images of what happens in front of them, for subsequent downloading and viewing if an incident is reported after the event.
What will CCTV cost you as a Council Taxpayer?
Installation would cost approximately £7 in 2018/19 and £6 in 2019/20. On-going costs (electricity, licences, Wi-Fi) would cost around £3 per year thereafter.
Why is CCTV proposed only for the Town Centre and not the surrounding housing estates / areas?
The greater proportion of crime and anti-social behaviour reported in Tetbury takes place in the town centre. It is therefore relatively easy for us to be sure that CCTV cameras will cover at least some of the incidents. Incidents elsewhere are scattered around the housing estates /areas so it is far less likely that cameras there will prove their worth.
Will CCTV stop crime in the town centre or anywhere in Tetbury?
No. But at least some wrong-doers will think twice – so we are confident that CCTV will help reduce the number of incidents. And it should help the Police make arrests in response to at least some of the incidents which continue. CCTV is also recognised as a good means of reducing the fear of crime.