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Mobile cameras proved to be a success in Bournemouth

Police has made over 100 arrests in Bournemouth due to the help of mobile CCTV cameras introduced last year.

Four mobile CCTV cameras were introduced in April 2011. £46,000 has been invested in them as a part of the Bournemouth Council’s Safer Communities campaign. They can be positioned in any public space within the borough and linked up to the town’s central CCTV control room at Dorset Police Headquarters in Bournemouth. These four cameras have been positioned in 29 different locations across Bournemouth to capture offences including assault, public disorder and burglary resulting in 124 arrests  in last 12 months.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, believes it is a cost effective solution. He said: “The mobile CCTV cameras have proven to be a huge success and are extremely effective. They have enabled the Council to tackle anti-social behaviour hotspots where there currently isn’t any coverage from the town’s fixed CCTV cameras.”

Sergeant Steve Lyne, Dorset Police, said: “The mobile CCTV cameras have been a great tool in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough making Bournemouth safer.”

Besides these cameras, which will be kept in use, a wireless hub in Moordown to help extend the range of the wirelss cameras will be built up to make sure cameras can be used more effectively in West Howe, Kinson and Muscliffe areas.

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