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Dereham to come under CCTV spotlight

PUBLISHED: 12:04 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 July 2010

Dereham is set to be in line for the installation of new CCTV cameras as part of a new system being put up across the district.

Some 18 have been put up in Thetford town centre. Over the next two months new cameras will also be installed in Dereham, Attleborough, Swaffham and Watton.

The installation of 18 CCTV cameras across Thetford town centre heralded the roll out of a new system for the whole of Breckland.

Over the next two months new cameras will also be installed in Dereham, Attleborough, waffham and Watton, and several “roving” cameras will be available to provide additional flexibility.

The new dome cameras will provide high quality images, are able to operate in low light and poor weather conditions, and can be moved easily to new locations to respond quickly to changing circumstances.

With 24-hour remote access to images, CCTV operators in the control centre, as well as police, will be able to respond quickly to problems or act to take preventative action.

Breckland Council's executive support member for communities and benefits, Lynda Turner said: “The council's former CCTV system was installed in 1995 using the best technology available at the time, and this had become outdated.

“Breckland has opted for a new system which is extremely flexible and can be easily amended and upgraded in future years.”

Supplied by AMS (Advance Monitoring Solutions), the new CCTV system uses the wireless technology so images picked up by cameras can be transmitted digitally to local storage devices. This does away with the need to store bulky tapes.

A series of public roadshows will be held in the five Breckland towns over the next few months.

Council and AMS officers will explain the benefits of the scheme, and how residents and businesses in the district can buy into the new system and have their own monitored CCTV or intruder alarms.

Dates and venues for the road shows will be published on the Breckland Council website when finalised.

For more information about the scheme contact community safety officer, Grahame Green on 01362 656870 or email grahame.green@breckland.gov.uk.


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