More than 400 arrests used footage from Boston’s CCTV cameras last year

Boston's CCTV suite
Boston's CCTV suite

Council bosses have hailed the success of Boston’s CCTV cameras - saying they contributed to more than 400 arrests last year.

A report put to the council’s Environment and Performance Committee on Wednesday outlined how CCTV had performed in the first full year since the suite had upgraded to a new wireless system.

Although the total use statistics year-on-year were down between 2013-14, councillors were told this followed ‘a general trend with current crime statistics’ – with numbers down.

A total of 439 arrests were made using CCTV footage, with cameras capturing 1,740 separate incidents.

A specific effort to combat littering and urinating had seen 173 incidents logged between July and November.

Portfolio holder for regulatory services Coun Stephen Woodliffe praised the work of council staff and said: “CCTV is very much a success story for this authority. This investment, which has involved all the council, is really moving forward. All the officers have done a wonderful job.”

The council has a total of 68 cameras, with more potentially planned. The new system includes a wireless aspect meaning cameras can be moved to locations easier and cheaper than before.

Councillors also discussed how CCTV was to be used in the future, with Coun Paul Kenny saying it was going to be ‘crucial’ in the next year in helping with the new Protected Public Spaces Order.

He said the council will be ‘under pressure’ to monitor the order.

Coun Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright said she thinks parts of Boston are ‘no-go areas’ because they were not covered by the cameras and her ward members had reported large numbers of crimes - in particular near Witham Way Country Park - which is covered by the PSPO.

Coun Kenny challenged her and asked her to report incidents to police.

Community safety officer Peter Hunn also told councillors to report concerns and said information could lead to cameras being moved to cover problem-spots.