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CCTV camera to watch Triangle in Bournemouth
A PERMANENT CCTV camera is to be installed at Bournemouth Triangle to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
The decision to spend £10,000 extending the town centre’s CCTV network follows the success of a mobile camera used at St Michael’s Road and Commercial Road.
In three months, the mobile camera captured 34 incidents including street drinking, shoplifting, assaults, drug taking and general rowdy and nuisance behaviour. This footage was used to secure five convictions.
Cllr David Smith, town centre councillor and cabinet member for communities, said: “The mobile camera has been really effective in this area helping to reduce the problems in this part of town. It makes sense to install a permanent camera in this location as this area is increasingly being used for public and family events and it is important that there is adequate CCTV in place to improve community safety.”
The permanent camera will be installed next month and linked up to the town’s CCTV network.
Nigel Hedges, president of Bournemouth’s chamber of trade, said: “All towns have to ensure that they provide a safe environment for everybody, whether they are visitors, residents and people going out and enjoying themselves.
“Although all of us are slightly nervous of being spied on, CCTV is proven to boost security and help authorities act effectively against people who choose to ignore society’s rules.
“From a trade point of view, we have to say that it will help making a growing area safer and more successful.”