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Thursday's incident proves that we can catch people quickly

The reaction comes following a report in the Carmarthen Journal, detailing a shopping centre thief who was caught after security guards conducting live monitoring of the cameras were able to track his movements immediately in order to apprehend him.

The incident comes against a backdrop of debate in a number of towns in Carmarthenshire after businesses were told that the proportion of their security budget, that has until this point been supported by the local police, is to be cut by £44,000. The proposed move has caused outrage among the local business community and this recent arrest has done much to fuel the arguments of bosses who believe that crime will return to its pre-CCTV levels.

Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford are among three of the towns that are scheduled to have no monitored CCTV from April of this year. Local community members have highlighted the recent shopping centre incident as proof that CCTV remains vital in keeping businesses and residents alike, safe and secure. Councillor Elwyn Williams has supported these claims, stating that "Thursday's incident proves that we can catch people quickly in the town and also nip trouble in the bud with live CCTV monitoring.”

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in security implementation across Great Britain, has released a statement following the report. “It is extremely worrying to think that, despite the evident success of CCTV cameras that are monitored live, the police are still intent on withdrawing their funding.

“The recent incident in the Carmarthen shopping centre does much to highlight just how effective these cameras are if managed effectively, with the apprehension of the thief taking minimal time and investigation from the authorities. Not only does this send a message to potential criminals that they will be caught, it also instils confidence in the local business community knowing that the necessary security protocols are in place in order to keep their stock, staff and premises secure.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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