Protected by eyes in the sky

John Buxton and Lesley Adams are pleased with the investment in the CCTV network
John Buxton and Lesley Adams are pleased with the investment in the CCTV network

Businesses and the police have welcomed plans to invest in CCTV infrastructure, saying it will make Brighouse a safer place in which to live, work and visit.

Last week, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet agreed to invest in maintaining and modernising the existing facilities and also provide new technology to improve community safety and public confidence.

The news has been welcomed by businesses in Brighouse town centre, which has been targeted in numerous incidents over the years.

Lesley Adams, chairwoman of Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI), said: “The BBI is pleased that Calderdale Council are modernising the CCTV network.

“Since the introduction of CCTV in Brighouse it certainly feels safer and town centre crime has reduced since its introduction.

“Through the Brighouse ShopWatch radio scheme and CCTV, shoplifters can be tracked through town and then arrested by the police, making Brighouse a safer place to shop and visit.”

The CCTV centre works closely with partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, respond to emergency and critical incidents and assist with event management.

In the last five years, CCTV in Brighouse has resulted in 45 arrests and 313 assists with police investigations.

Inspector David Shaw, of the Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I think the re-investment into the CCTV system is money well spent.

“CCTV is an important tool in preventing and detecting crime and helps the police both investigate and detect crime.

“It also helps to keep our communities and residents feeling safe.”

Across Calderdale as a whole, CCTV has resulted in around 1,500 arrests and assisted the police with a further 12,000 incidents.

At the cabinet meeting, members agreed that to continue to provide a safe environment for residents, businesses and visitors there is a need to invest in maintaining and modernising the existing CCTV infrastructure.

Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “The work of the facility often goes unrecognised, but knowing they are there is a reassuring presence.

“It acts as a deterrent, helps prevent crime and can also help to gather evidence when a crime is committed.

“The figures speak for themselves.

“The amount of arrests and assists the CCTV team has helped gather evidence for is amazing.”