Broxtowe Borough Council is ordering a review of it’s CCTV camera network, of more than 60 cameras, in light of a number of safety concerns, following the tragic death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard and also more locally in Stapleford the death of 16-year-old Joe Whitchurch who died from stab injuries on Boxing Day last year.
Councillor Milan Radulovic, the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council has indicated that he doesn’t want ‘fear’ to stop people going out late at night once lockdown restrictions end.
A full review of its CCTV operations will now take place, not just due to concerns from the public, but also the councils own concerns regarding its cameras.
Councillor Radulovic added “The CCTV review is to look at all the coverage in areas of concern and town centres.
I want to review them all so the coverage is right.”
“That it is the right numbers in the right places and I will be taking this up myself. I have concerns that people do not feel safe.”
“We have something like 65 cameras that are monitored on a 24 hour basis but I want to review that and where necessary upgrade.”
“Women’s safety is a key issue. In light of what happened I don’t want people to feel afraid of going out. I want people to go out and enjoy themselves without the fear of being attacked, assaulted or intimidated in any way.”
“We have had issues around CCTV for a while and we are bringing some high definition mobile CCTV in, and we will make sure they are directed to places where people feel unsafe.”
Councillor Radulovic hopes Stapleford in particular will benefit from the new cameras.
A street fight in the area occured last Thursday, which led to a man suffering a deep gash above his eye, and residents also had serious concerns around drug dealing, large groups gathering and feeling intimidated.
“All these incidents have made people feel unsafe and insecure. We don’t want people to fear, otherwise it makes things worse.”
There are also plans to use mobile cameras at ‘hotspot’ areas around the Borough.Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping agreed that some of the equipment across the city and county was “out of date” and there was a need for a review.
“We need to review what we have and look at new digital cameras and put a scheme together that is more effective than we have got at the moment.”
“This is an opportunity to take stock of what we are doing,” he said. “Women in particular do not feel safe going out and worry about going out at night.
“We need to use this moment to come forward with measures that give them confidence.”