Backing for CCTV in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 12:51 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

SEATON town centre has moved a step closer to becoming a CCTV zone after a police survey revealed huge public support for the installation of cameras. Of the 100 people canvassed by Seaton police last weekend, 94 per cent favoured the installation of CCTV

SEATON town centre has moved a step closer to becoming a CCTV zone after a police survey revealed huge public support for the installation of cameras.Of the 100 people canvassed by Seaton police last weekend, 94 per cent favoured the installation of CCTV in the town and were even prepared to donate £1 of their own money towards the scheme, with 78 per cent stating they would feel safer and be more likely to use the town's facilities."My experience tells me that CCTV will reduce crime and the fear of crime and can be an excellent evidence gathering tool," said Sergeant Gary Phillips of Seaton police."If you take these results and multiply them by the current population of Seaton, even giving a percentage drop of 15 per cent, the figures give clear evidence of great public support for CCTV in Seaton town centre."Seaton police have already raised over £3,500 towards the project through donations from local businesses and police funding and will now take the results of the survey to Seaton Town Council in a bid to secure the remaining money required for installation and training.Sergeant Phillips recently conducted a walk around Seaton town centre with town councillors, police officers and a project manager from a local CCTV company to review suitable sites for the scheme.Possible locations for the new camera system may include the Co-op car park, The Underfleet, the skatepark, Fisherman's Gap and Harbour Road.Seaton town councillor Sophie O'Connell said: "We need to support the police in any way possible and with all the trouble we've had in Seaton recently, regarding anti-social behaviour and robberies, we need to back them up."Some town councillors have expressed concerns that a CCTV system may lead to a reduced police presence in the town.Sergeant Phillips said: "This is not the case and that CCTV is a valuable tool used in conjunction with police expertise in order to solve any number of issues."Will CCTV make you feel safer in Seaton? Tell your Herald.

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