AlertSystems reviews the news that council chiefs in Aberdeen are facing a £1million shortfall due to police bosses revealing plans to stop paying for CCTV.
In the city of Aberdeen, street CCTV management and funding has been the responsibility of Police Scotland. Aberdeen City Council has previously only managed the CCTV coverage inside public buildings throughout the city.
Cameras in Aberdeen are seen as vital for the detection of crime and antisocial behaviour. The council, local businesses and the general public rely upon the cameras for safety and protection.
The new management shake-up will see the city’s CCTV all incorporated under one roof as local authorities take on the responsibility of managing the cameras. In the last year alone, Police Scotland contributed £732,882 towards public CCTV. Police bosses have indicated they may withdraw their funding due to the new council-operated model.
Aberdeen council chiefs have said the management scheme would already leave them short of between £223,996 and £378,573 – this is on the basis Police Scotland will continue the annual funding. No police funding will mean Aberdeen City Council will be left to found around £1m in order to fund the running costs of the street CCTV.
Upon hearing the unfortunate new, a spokesperson from AlertSystems commented on the matter.
“Aberdeen, as one of Scotland’s most densely populated areas, is a city that certainly needs the presence of CCTV. The fact that the cameras on the streets will suffer a £1 million cutback is very concerning indeed.
“Amongst the management and funding confusion, small businesses could suffer from the lack of maintenance of street CCTV. Businesses that are left defenceless could be the target of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“AlertSystems advises local businesses in the Aberdeen area to invest in commercial CCTV security systems. With the imminent funding cuts, business owners will be able to effectively manage their own CCTV.
“Relying on council-funded CCTV could leave your business defenceless – commercial security systems can support your business in detecting any crime and antisocial behaviour that could be potentially damaging.”
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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