CCTV upgraded to make Honiton's streets safer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 October 2015

New CCTV system installed in Honiton. Chetna Jones and PCSO Darren England take charge of the new system installed by Paul Slocombe and James Garrett from Metcalfeallen security firm. Ref mhh 2071-53-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

New CCTV system installed in Honiton. Chetna Jones and PCSO Darren England take charge of the new system installed by Paul Slocombe and James Garrett from Metcalfeallen security firm. Ref mhh 2071-53-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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High-definition cameras and recording equipment have been installed across seven areas in Honiton, in an attempt to ensure perpetrators are found and convicted more effectively.

Honiton residents can feel safer thanks to a high-tech upgrade of the town’s CCTV system.

High-definition cameras and recording equipment have been installed across seven areas in Honiton, in an attempt to ensure perpetrators are found and convicted more effectively.

The system was upgraded following a consultation exercise carried out by Honiton Town Council (HTC).

A HTC spokesman said: “Statistics showed that being able to provide CCTV images as evidence not only helped to detect crime but also to prevent them from happening in the first place. Without the ability to do this, some incidents may not have led to convictions.

“The new system has improved not only the quality of the images but also the reliability and ease of providing the images when required.

“We struggled to find a solution to upgrade the system and would like to thank the work by Metcalfe Allen Ltd, which has installed an excellent system within our very small budget.

“They have been very helpful and efficient and we commend them for their expertise.”

The work was carried out using a large donation from Honiton Local Action Group and funds from the town council’s share of council tax. This came as an extra increase in the annual cost of 54p per household in 2014 and the same this year.

“We have worked closely with our neighbourhood policing team and Honiton Local Action Group, and would like to thank them for all their help and advice,” the spokesman added. “Thanks also goes to East Devon District Council, which, through the Local Action Group, has contributed a substantial amount towards the upgrade.”

Honiton PCSO Darren England also heralded the arrival of the new CCTV system.

Speaking to the Herald, he said: “In the almost 14 years of doing the job, the CCTV in town has greatly assisted us with convictions and, on a couple of occasions, without them we probably would not have caught the offenders.

“The new CCTV is very important to us, and the quality of the cameras will greatly assist with our detection and prevention of crime.

“If people see these cameras, they will feel safer when walking through the town, as it is covered 24-hours-a-day. To us, and the town council, it’s an important thing that people feel safe, and that they can go out day and night.”

The new system boasts high-definition quality, zoom and infra-red detection, enabling night vision.

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