Mobile CCTV to be deployed across Colnbrook following £24K Parish Council investment

Residents will be consulted on possible locations for where CCTV should be deployed in the parish, following a decision in September to purchase three mobile cameras.

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The Slough Observer reports that the Parish Council is using the aggravated burglary in Severn Crescent two weeks ago to push forward with plans for new CCTV in the village.

Cllr Bryant, told the newspaper:

“It is shocking to see something like this happen and we are giving the police our full support.”

The newspaper says that the incident, which occurred on 16th October, is behind the new push for CCTV.  A young mother-of-three, threatened with a screwdriver, fell and suffered an injury to her head during the frightening incident.

However, parish councillors voted in September, a month prior to the incident, to acquire three additional mobile CCTV cameras following a number of commercial negotiations carried out by Cllrs Bryant and Bedi.

A one-off cost of £24,000 and ongoing maintenance of £2,400 a year was approved at the Parish Council’s full meeting on 5th September.

The existing camera, in the well-lit centre of the village, while reportedly mobile, has been roundly criticised for being in the wrong place.  It has also failed to identify perpetrators of crimes just twenty feet away.

Less than twenty feet away, the existing CCTV failed to identify the perpetrators of an arson attack on a bin last January.

Less than twenty feet away, the existing CCTV failed to identify the perpetrators of an arson attack on a bin last January.

The Westfield estate is not currently targeted for a camera.  Councillors decided in September that one should be placed at the junction between Horton Road and High Street, one at Albany Park, and a third at the Punchbowl on Poyle Road/Old Bath Road.

However, the Observer says the parish is considering mobile cameras that could be moved into any hotspot areas, and that residents will be consulted.

Slough Borough Council, manages 90 CCTV cameras throughout Slough and operates a dedicated 24-hour monitoring centre, including the one outside Ye Olde George.  CCTV operators are required to comply with a Government code that requires registration for data protection, and prevent intrusions of privacy.

Mobile CCTV has also been deployed successfully by Slough Borough Council at undisclosed points throughout the parish in the fight against fly-tipping.

 

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