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News - 20 April 2011
Residents challenge effectiveness of spending on CCTV
Figures revealed at the annual town meeting in Dursley, Gloucestershire, showed that from October to December 2010, the town's CCTV system located just 24 incidents, compared with 427 in neighbouring Stroud. Councilors are asking why they should continue to fund the system.
Camera-assisted arrests were zero in Dursley, where the Town Council pays £3,000 a year towards the service, compared to 35 in Stroud. But the police say the syystem is essential - and especially effectuve in preventing and detering crime.
According to Sgt Neil Gibbs, from Dursley Police Station, "Our view would be that the CCTV is vital and provides reassurance for people in the town. The CCTV is one of our tools for fighting crime and disorder and it is both a preventative tool, stopping people from behaving badly on occasions, and also allows us to keep a handle on what is going on in the town. "
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