Extra CCTV coverage for Felixstowe

MOBILE CCTV cameras are to be used in Felixstowe to tackle crime hotspots.

MOBILE CCTV cameras are to be used in Felixstowe to tackle crime hotspots.

The Felixstowe Community CCTV Initiative has been offered £36,500 in government funding for the closed circuit television system.

Four cameras will use the latest technology to delivers live images to a personal or laptop computer. Each of the cameras can be easily installed and moved to provide surveillance wherever the police think they can be of most use.

As well as helping prevent crime, the images will be good enough to identify those causing criminal damage and other offences.

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Felixstowe Town Council is leading the partnership, which also includes the Felixstowe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, county and district councils, and police, and talks are now under way with the police to see when the system can be introduced.

Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Sherrie Green said the system should provide “a real boost” for the police and make a big impact in tackling specific problems.

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She said: “This could be a real success for this district. We have always struggled to obtain national funding as the government allocates its grants to those places with serious problems, and the reality is that Suffolk Coastal is one of safest places in the country.

“The goal is to reduce the amount of crime and anti-social behaviour in Felixstowe and make it a safer place for those who live there.”

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