CCTV upgrade for Preston city centre

Stock views of Preston- Fishergate.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
Stock views of Preston- Fishergate. PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
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MORE than £85,000 is to be ploughed into upgrading CCTV in Preston city centre.

The city’s Business Improvement District (BID) will invest the cash and say it will improve and increase the monitored CCTV network, covering more of the city centre than ever before.

A new digital platform has been installed as part of the first phase of the project and work is underway on the next phase to upgrade the network’s infrastructure.

BID is working in Partnership with Preston City Council and Preston Police,

Andy Coverdale, Chairman of BID’s CCTV Working Group said the investment would help to ensure CCTV continues to operate to help to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

He said: “The figures show that crime and anti-social behaviour is down year-on-year in Preston city centre and the CCTV network is a major factor behind that success. In a recent survey, 89% of the general public agreed that CCTV cameras should be used to openly monitor public places. “This investment not only delivers immediate benefits, it will put us in a position to be able to continue to develop the network, incorporating new monitoring and intervention technologies.”

Bosses say the new digital CCTV infrastructure has improved feature capabilities and will enhance operational efficiency. The image quality, recording capacity and ability to zoom into fine detail has been increased even from static images.

It also means sharing information has become easier and quicker as detail can be shared across existing secure digital transmission networks.

The investment is part of a package of support by the BID which has also agreed to fund taxi marshals to remain on ranks during key weekends, and re-launch & fund the city’s Pubwatch system which links licensed premises to ban troublesome individuals from all licenced premises.

Mark Whittle of Preston BID said: “This package of investment is all about keeping people safe in Preston and improving the experience they have, to keep them coming back.”