At the centre of the concerns is the departure of the council boss in charge of CCTV operations, who has not been replaced
Leading providers of commercial CCTV security, AlertSystems, have commented on the recent news regarding out-of-action council CCTV cameras in Worcester. Reports suggest at least three have been broken for months.
After floods in the Worcester area in February last year, concerns are now being raised about CCTV cameras that are still in a state of disrepair. A trio of cameras in mystery locations are known to be currently out of action. Worcester City Council is now coming under increasing pressure to resolve the issues as the cameras are a crucial tool for fighting against crime. At the centre of the concerns is the departure of the council boss in charge of CCTV operations, who has not been replaced.
Worcester politicians are not revealing where the cameras in question are located, simply stating they are concerned about the repercussions. Councillor Lynn Denham, who sits on the Safer Worcester board, stated: “We are talking about months – one of the cameras was affected by the floods and that was a year ago. It’s an officer capacity issue and about money being saved, but we haven’t got a functional system.”
As experts in CCTV security, AlertSystems takes a keen interest in relevant industry news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “Council CCTV that is left in a state of disrepair is an issue that we are seeing all over the country. Tight budgets and continuous cuts means that councils are struggling to ensure that their CCTV systems are in efficient working order. Money-saving tactics such as ignoring the issues could potentially lead to unfortunate circumstances for businesses and citizens in the local area.
“High quality CCTV goes a long way to protecting local businesses against crime. With some unknown council CCTV cameras out of order, businesses are left vulnerable to criminal activity. This is especially true of businesses which have not invested in their own commercial security. With the council struggling to maintain their security systems, it may be the best time for business owners to consider investing in commercial CCTV security of their own. Those who are simply relying on council run CCTV may be left under-protected in an emergency situation.”
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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