Police make case for CCTV in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 12:32 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

SEATON Police gave a presentation to town councillors this week in a bid to secure CCTV coverage throughout the town centre. At a meeting of Seaton Town Council on Monday evening, Sergeant Gary Phillips, PC Roy Hutter and PCSO Tina Jordan presented the re

SEATON Police gave a presentation to town councillors this week in a bid to secure CCTV coverage throughout the town centre. At a meeting of Seaton Town Council on Monday evening, Sergeant Gary Phillips, PC Roy Hutter and PCSO Tina Jordan presented the results of their public survey, taken around the town two weeks ago, and were joined by Cougar Cabling, the company who recently installed Honiton's CCTV system. Sergeant Phillips said: "There is a wealth of support from within the business com-munity, and now the community as a whole, for CCTV in the town. "The important thing about CCTV is it will make the community feel safer and make Seaton a safer place to live." Looking at live footage, taken from a CCTV camera on the front of Seaton Town Hall, councillors saw at first hand how the new system would work and had the opportunity to ask questions. Councillor Bob Palacio said: "Since we first spoke about CCTV in the town last year, the police have actively gone and sought funding for the scheme. Perhaps as a town council we have let them down." Councillor Julia Roebuck said: "You had vandal-ism on one of your police vehicles outside your police station and were unable to catch the criminal, even though you had images of them on CCTV, because they were wearing a hood. If you can't solve your own crimes, it's not much help to the community." Seaton's mayor Sandra Semple said: "I think there should be some responsibility from the larger firms in the town to install cameras on their own businesses." Seaton Town Council agreed to discuss the CCTV issue at greater length at a meeting in the near future.

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