BROMSGROVE’S CCTV system will be upgraded to a new £80,000 network, writes Ryan Smith.
The new wireless system will be installed in Bromsgrove town centre, Rubery, Barnt Green and Hagley, with all existing cameras to be replaced over a three-year period at a rate of around 20 cameras per year.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has agreed to match the council’s £40,000 investment so the project can be carried out. The district council’s cabinet members have backed the plans.
The district council’s overview and scrutiny board has been looking at the issue for almost 17 months after it was revealed no new CCTV surveillance cameras had been installed in the district in the past ten years.
The £134,000 investment required to install the new network is expected to be recouped in three-and-a-half years with expected savings from BT Fibre costs following the upgrade expected to be around £38,000 per year.
In addition maintenance costs will be reduced by £12,000 once all cameras are digital, around half the current expenditure.
The new portable cameras also enable the council to move certain cameras without significantly impacting on costs should they deem the relocation to improve the impact on public safety.
The locations of all existing cameras are currently being reviewed by the scrutiny board along and the Community Safety Partnership.
Discussions with Worcestershire County Council will also take place to discuss the possibility of using lamp posts for positioning cameras to meet local safety concerns.