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Police continue to utilise council CCTV during Halloween period

by Nicola Appleton

Did you know there are more than 850 CCTV cameras across Knowsley? Knowsley Council has made significant investment across the borough, with many new HD cameras installed in hot spot areas.

As we approach the Halloween and Bonfire period Knowsley Council is reassuring residents that Merseyside Police utilise these cameras and are able to access the video feed directly from the police control room.

This means that as the cameras are monitored 24/7 by CCTV technicians, they can not only report any incident of criminal or anti-social behaviour straight away, they can also show the images in real time to Merseyside Police to enable an effective and appropriate response. Recorded CCTV footage can also be used by police following an incident and is often used in investigations.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said:

“As we approach the Halloween and Bonfire period, there is traditionally an increase in criminal and anti-social behaviour – much like other towns and cities across the UK. However, our message to residents is clear – we are doing everything in our power as a local authority to ensure your safety. The CCTV control room have a direct link into the Police control room throughout the year and we will continue to utilise this every day, but particularly if we start to see an increase in anti-social behaviour over the coming days and week.”

The direct link between police and CCTV control rooms has already proven successful with highlights including; the interception of a burglary at Our Place this summer, the arrest and prosecution of two males for possession with intent to supply and the identification of those involved in recent anti-social behaviour in Huyton town centre.

Cllr Powell continues:

“For those who are thinking of engaging in criminal and anti-social behaviour we remind you of the extensive CCTV network and consider all the offenders who have been brought to justice after being caught on camera.”

Superintendent Jenn Wilson, Knowsley Local Policing said:

“Thanks to the partnership we have with Knowsley Council we have already had a great deal of success and been able to take action against those who are engaging in criminal and anti-social behaviour in our borough. The link our control rooms have has proven invaluable and is a resource we will be fully utilising over the coming days and weeks during the Halloween and Bonfire period.”