The reaction comes following a report in local newspaper, the Ely News, detailing an area of the city that still remains unprotected by CCTV security systems and as a result has been a target for vandals.
Penny Williams, owner of the delicatessen and café named 3 at 3, near the city’s cathedral that was damaged recently, has called for the local community to take action against the problem through investment in sufficient security.
After arriving at her premises one Saturday to find the planters on the exterior wall of the café had been smashed, Ms Williams contacted local authorities who informed her that very little could be done to catch those responsible. The CCTV cameras placed on Three Cups Walk, where the business is located, has been experiencing technical issues and has not been in action in recent weeks. As a result no footage was able to be analysed by the police. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the main CCTV camera was pointing into a bush, rather than at the premises it was installed to protect – meaning that even if it was working, the outcome would have been the same.
A spokesperson for AlertSystems, experts in the installation and implementation of business security systems, has released a statement following the report. “The incident we have seen here in Ely is unfortunately symptomatic of a growing neglect of necessary security protocol in many areas around the country.
“With a CCTV camera in place, there should have been easily accessible, high-definition footage available to distribute to the relevant authorities and local media outlets in order to help identify those at fault for the criminal damage. Instead, the current system used on Three Cups Walk is not even in operation – something that leaves local businesses at risk. In order to take positive steps towards a safer community environment, local businesses and councils alike need to work in tandem in order to create a security structure that benefits everyone.”
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