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Motorist angered over CCTV problem

PUBLISHED: 14:07 01 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

ANGRY motorist Ian Taylor thinks the vandals who scratched his car were almost certainly captured on CCTV cameras.

But he claims in his case the crime-fighting weapon proved useless because he was told police don't have time to check the lengthy tape.

ANGRY motorist Ian Taylor thinks the vandals who scratched his car were almost certainly captured on CCTV cameras.

But he claims in his case the crime-fighting weapon proved useless because he was told police don't have time to check the lengthy tape.

Mr Taylor of Felixstowe's nightmare began when he parked his treasured Renault Laguna car at Cardinal Park in Ipswich to visit the UGC Cinema.

When he returned to the vehicle he found a deep scratch down the driver's side costing £408.90 to repair.

When he reported it to police he hit a brick wall.

"I don't want to blame the boys in blue because they do a good job, but what a waste of time," said the 25-year-old.

"I was told that it would cost too much money to get an officer to spend at least three hours to look through the tapes.

"With the news this week saying the government is going to be spending millions increasing the amount of CCTV just made me shake my head in disbelief.

"What is the point in spending all the money on CCTV if the police don't have the resources to look at the tapes?

"Surely it would be better to employ a group of people to check the tapes before the government starts spending more money on something that isn't seen.

"Once the vandals and thieves etc realise that no one is looking at the tapes the cameras will just be ignored rather than act as a deterrent.

"The people that win out of this are the vandals and the insurance company who put up their premiums."

A police spokesperson said inappropriate advice was given to Mr Taylor and they would look at all of the tape.

"We apologise on his behalf. We do have the resources. It is not a problem to look thorough the tape.

"We will do it and we should do it. The advice given about CCTV was incorrect and if he can contact us again we can arrange the tape to get hold of and someone to look at all of it."

She added Mr Taylor was offered the services of a police officer to attend and take a crime report.

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