Bid to upgrade city centre CCTV system

Control: The existing control room and below Coun Drew Gale

Control: The existing control room and below Coun Drew Gale

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A proposal to upgrade CCTV in Preston city centre to new digital technology is set to go ahead.

The scheme will be funded by the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) and will be carried out in three phases.

Councillor Drew Gale

Councillor Drew Gale

The first phase, expected to cost upto £47,000, will get underway this year.

Today Babs Murphy, member of the BID committee said: “CCTV is an important tool in the prevention of business crime and apprehension of criminals. It’s vitally important that the city’s CCTV infrastructure is fit for purpose and is continually invested in to ensure it remains a valued asset.

“The BID Committee agreed to ring-fence significant monies to upgrade the platform digitally and have confirmed their ongoing financial and operational support for phases two and three of the upgrade.”

A report due before Preston Council’s cabinet says to do nothing is not an option.

It adds: “The Council’s city centre CCTV system includes a control room facility at Preston Police Station, where cameras are controlled and monitored. The existing analogue equipment is becoming obsolete as digital alternatives are now replacing analogue, providing increased functionality and competitive cost.

“The first transition to a digital system is to the funded by the Business Improvement District up to a maximum capital cost of £47,000. This will enable control and recording equipment to be upgraded this year, as part of a phased programme of work. The existing cameras will remain operational until the second phase of the programme.”

Town Centre councillor Drew Gale said: “CCTV is vital in the fight against crime.

“It is one thing we are always looking to improve and the businesses will benefit greatly from the CCTV.”