EXTRA CCTV cameras are set to be added to Felixstowe’s crime-busting network to protect the town hall from vandals, burglars and anti-social behaviour.

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Cameras will be installed in the gardens alongside the civic centre in Undercliff Road West as part of the lottery-backed renovation of the resort’s seafront gardens.

Now Felixstowe Town Council is considering paying for some additional cameras to protect the town hall and also to keep watch over the pathway leading from Convalescent Hill to the South Cliff gardens at the rear of the building.

Town councillors Mike Stokell, Cyril Webb, Doreen Savage, Joan Sennington and Andy Smith met with Clark Skates, of camera company STC Solutions, to discuss four proposals, costs and operational issues.

It is hoped the cameras can be linked to the existing town CCTV system monitored at Felixstowe police station.

A preferred option was chosen and town clerk Caroline Barrett, technical officer Rosemary Jones and Mr Stokell were given authority to progress the project.

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  • Why can't these CCTV pictures be streamed live on the Internet - many eyes would then make light work? I've heard that the present system uses microwave links - now redundant technology - so perhaps that's why Felixstowe has not moved to 21st Century.

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    braiswick

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • It’s a great idea if the cameras are actually monitored. I live adjacent to the Bent Hill alcohol dispensing units and we and we have horrendous problems at weekends when they chuck out. Instances of people urinating, vomiting and having sex in our gardens are commonplace, along with mindless vandalism to gardens, cars and shop windows. Drug taking and dealing are also commonplace in the Jubilee shelter. There is already a CCTV camera at the bottom of Bent Hill but it is not used as it has to be manned at the police station by volunteers! On a Friday and Saturday night there is usually a contingent of about 3 police cars present late into the night watching the goings on but they take a softly softly approach to the drink fuelled antisocial nuisance for some strange reason. It would be interesting to know what the policing of the late night economy actually costs us, the taxpayer, and balance this against any possible benefit these late night drinking establishments actually bring to Felixstowe. These additional proposed cameras seem to be anticipating problems that the new shelter will create by providing a comfortable base for those who choose to preload with cheap alcohol before getting to Bent Hill and those that will want to extend their drunken revelries into the early morning – pity the poor residents who live close by!

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    TrevH

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

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