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Friday, December 04, 2015

CCTV keeps West Lancs safe in run up to Christmas

West Lancashire Borough Council and partners are working to ensure shoppers and visitors coming to Ormskirk are safe in the run up to Christmas.

The Council’s CCTV system watches over the borough and provides reassurance to the community as well as a valuable crime-fighting tool for the police.

The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and operators are providing valuable assistance in preventing and solving crime.

In 2014/15 the CCTV Unit recorded 1096 incidents in their log. In addition to the 363 arrests that the CCTV operators assisted with, a number of the incidents also resulted in the police or PCSOs being able to intervene at an early stage to prevent trouble from escalating into something more serious.

Operators keep in close contact with local businesses and the police through the Shopwatch radio scheme, meaning officers can be alerted and respond to any incident as quickly as possible. For more information on CCTV in West Lancashire please visit CCTV.

As well as the CCTV coverage in the town centre, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is planning an enhanced campaign in Ormskirk Town Centre on one of the busiest weekends of the festive period. This will see the Police on high visibility patrols with the Council’s Licensing and CCTV teams on Friday 11 December and Saturday 12 December 2015 to make the streets even safer. Funding for this has come from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “Crime is low in West Lancashire and we want to keep it that way. With Christmas around the corner we want people to feel safe when they are shopping or enjoying an evening out.

“Community safety is extremely important and CCTV and the enhanced Community Safety Partnership campaign over two of Ormskirk town centre’s busiest nights will help us to prevent crime and reassure residents and visitors.”

Dave Tilleray, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership chairman, said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves this Christmas but we would also encourage people to help themselves by behaving in a responsible manner and looking after their own personal items.”

West Lancashire police Inspector June Chessell said: “The CCTV system is a powerful tool that will assist in not only preventing crime but enable my staff to identify the small minority who are intent on committing crime or anti-social behaviour. We will be working closely with our partners over the festive period to ensure a Happy Christmas is had by all and that people feel safe.”

There are currently 98 public open space cameras across the borough, including Ormskirk town centre and various key locations. The Council is looking to install more new CCTV cameras in the coming year.

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