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CCTV fiasco

SEARCHING questions are being asked about the effectiveness of CCTV in Flintshire towns after it was claimed only one person was available to monitor pictures from 115 cameras.

Buckley county councillor Dennis Hutchinson is investigating the shock revelation.

He said: “From what I’ve discovered so far, the rate of detection from incidents caught on camera is very poor.

“For just one person to be trying to monitor pictures fed into the CCTV nerve centre at County Hall at any one time is, in my opinion, totally inadequate. I know there are staffing problems, they need addressing.”

Cllr Hutchinson, who is the executive member for leisure and public protection, said it appeared the CCTV system, which has cost Council Tax- payers hundreds of thousands of pounds to set up and monitor, was inefficient and not delivering value for money.

He added: “Figures just released for Buckley show over a period of 12 weeks in the summer only 12 incidents were reported – even though there are 11 high-quality cameras dotted around the town, with two more about to be installed.

“And, on top of that, we are paying £20,000 a year in Buckley to maintain them.”

Another Buckley county councillor, Ron Hampson, said: “After spending a great deal of money on CCTV, we find the crime detection rate from incidents picked up on camera is very poor indeed.”

A council spokesman declined to comment on the claim only one person was monitoring cameras at any one time, and said: “Cameras operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the Buckley area.

“The images transmitted by cameras are monitored on a regular basis and detailed enquiries can be made into the images captured, if required.

“Every effort will be made to develop this level of surveillance and monitoring of CCTV images to assist the police in their work.”

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