Cash to cut crime

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 November 2013

Nailsea Town Council agrees to fund shopwatch scheme.

Nailsea Town Council agrees to fund shopwatch scheme.

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NAILSEA Town Council has agreed to invest £3,000 in a new shopwatch scheme aimed at cutting crime in the town.

Police in Nailsea are keen to set up a shopwatch system which would enable stores and pubs to warn each other about potential shoplifters or troublemakers via radios.

The system would also be linked to the CCTV control room in Weston so officers and shopkeepers can alert staff if they see any suspicious activity.

Police approached the council for a £3,000 grant to help pay for the system and the council agreed to support the initiative at its meeting on November 6 on the condition other businesses also contribute.

Town council chairman Clare Hunt said: “If we are known by people as a soft target we could find ourselves in difficulty.

“I feel we are at risk a bit and I believe we should support our local police who work so hard to reduce the crime in the area.”

Nailsea currently has CCTV cameras, but during routine monitoring the footage is only recorded in analogue and the pictures are not good enough to use by police.

The new system will enable police and stores to tell the control room when an incident is taking place so they can record the action in digital format, which can be used in prosecutions.

Due the cost of the equipment, many of the smaller stores cannot not afford the monthly rental costs so officers are approaching larger businesses and the town council for some help towards the start-up fees.

Cllr David Packham said: “I think we should remember how on a knife edge shopping in Nailsea is due to the economy.

“I think it’s important we do help the shopkeepers because many of the shops can’t afford more money.”


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