CCTV system ‘is working’, says council

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The town’s CCTV systems is proving itself to be ‘clearly of benefit’ to the town according to the council’s leadership.

At a meeting of Boston Borough Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, councillors were presented with their quarterly monitoring report - including data for CCTV.

This mainly showed a rise in the number of times it was used to positively assist police.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe said: “Arrests are up. The CCTV system is clearly of benefit to the town and shows the work being put into it.”

He said he couldn’t say he ‘was please to see’ the increase in figures, but added: “In practice it shows it works.”

The statistics presented showed that for quarter one (April-June) of 2015-16, 114 arrests had been made using CCTV, up eight per cent from 106 in the same period from 2014-15.

It was used in evidence packages in 70 incidents, up 35 per cent on last year when it was used in 52 incidents.

The system spotted 324 incidents in total this quarter, compared to 228 last year.

The council’s CCTV control room received 136 ‘out of hours’ calls, down 28 per cent from last year’s 188.

Boston Borough Counci’s CCTV system is currently the focus of a sharing project with South Holland District Council and North Kesteven District Council which is set to be completed by the third quarter of this year.

It is also hoping to work with East Lindsey District Council to share its facilities there and says arrangements should be in place by the end of September.

Under the proposals, whilst still being based in their respective district, Community Safety Teams would have the remit and ability to support one another.

The borough and ELDC will look at sharing Boston’s CCTV monitoring facility, which has recently undergone a major upgrade and is one of the most advanced in the country.

Both councils already work together through the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership and say this would extend that arrangement.