Vandal damaged CCTV hampering coverage in Colchester

Vandal damaged CCTV hampering coverage in Colchester

Vandal damaged CCTV hampering coverage in Colchester

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CCTV coverage in Colchester is being hampered by vandals damaging cameras around parks and play areas.

A review of CCTV outside of the town centre is taking place to find out which ones still work, how they are monitored and how much it would cost to improve the network.

But there are fears any investment could go to waste if vandals continue to damage cameras.

Cameras in New Braiswick Park were damaged and recording equipment stolen within weeks of it being installed.

Cameras in the Boadicea Way skate park have also been smashed by vandals.

Coverage inside the town centre is much more advanced with constant monitoring across more than 100 cameras but outside is far more varied.

The problem was highlighted following the murder of Nahid Al-Manea metres from two CCTV cameras which had been broken for years.

A spokesman for Colchester Council, which only has direct responsibility for the town centre network, said maintenance around the borough is ad-hoc.

She said: “We are currently having issues with our CCTV being vandalised so repair costs are rather high at the moment.

“We’ve undertaken repairs on re-positioning cameras, replacing cameras, re-securing electric boxes containing the CCTV equipment and replacing actual CCTV equipment which has been vandalised.”

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator has welcomed the review and called for a Colchester standard for CCTV image quality in public spaces and on licensed premises.

He said: “The review is a positive step. Playgrounds are part of the review after I highlighted them.

“We should be looking at everything and what can be monitored in real time.

“I have asked whether it is possible to have a specific standard including in licensed premises.”

The licensing team in Colchester is now looking at this and Mr Goss praised Colchester Council for the plans to allow zone wardens to access footage, rather than just park managers, when there are problems to allow images to be given to police quicker.

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1:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

julieee says...

It may be that vandals are damaging equipment but this doesn't mean it should not be repaired in a reasonable time.
It may be that vandals are damaging equipment but this doesn't mean it should not be repaired in a reasonable time. julieee
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jut1972 says...

Have to question the set up if they can be vandalised with no clear images produced of the perpetuators.
Have to question the set up if they can be vandalised with no clear images produced of the perpetuators. jut1972
  • Score: 13

7:54am Thu 7 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Seriously,
What do you expect with some of the people around here?
I mean is the world round?
The monkeys would shin up things, just to knock them out !
If you had cut back on the number of speed cameras, the whole issue of CCTV would have been digested more in a palatable fashion, than ramming all and sundry down our throats.
The Yellow Boxes and The Orwellian Mobile Camera Car has given CCTV Bad Rap !
The fact that CCTV has been turned in part into a Cash Cow has created a dislike of surveillance across the board.
All CCTV is tarnished with the same brush now.
And by the way some of the individuals that operate it, leave a lot to be desired.
Seriously, What do you expect with some of the people around here? I mean is the world round? The monkeys would shin up things, just to knock them out ! If you had cut back on the number of speed cameras, the whole issue of CCTV would have been digested more in a palatable fashion, than ramming all and sundry down our throats. The Yellow Boxes and The Orwellian Mobile Camera Car has given CCTV Bad Rap ! The fact that CCTV has been turned in part into a Cash Cow has created a dislike of surveillance across the board. All CCTV is tarnished with the same brush now. And by the way some of the individuals that operate it, leave a lot to be desired. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 1

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