Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has funded the installation of a CCTV camera in an anti-social behaviour hotspot in Crewe.
The commissioner has awarded £4,000 from his Safer Communities Fund to Crewe Town Council for the installation of the camera on Sandon Street. Along with match funding from Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council, this has paid for the installation n a well-known problem area.
The camera has been installed mid-way along Sandon Street in a bid to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and fly tipping in the area. It covers the whole of Sandon Street and also provides a view up and down Chester Street and Crewe Street, which are areas not presently covered by CCTV.
Cllr Benn Minshall, deputy leader of Crewe Town Council, said: “Sandon Street itself is a back alley and is known to be a preferred ‘escape’ route from the town centre by those up to no good. And due to its location, it’s also prone to be used as a ‘dumping ground’ for waste and as a location where the duty of care to lock and secure bins in vital in combating bin dipping.
“Following a review, we established that installing CCTV was the best way forward to address the issues and reduce demand on the resources of councils and local police.
“We welcome the commissioner’s commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and for recognising the positive effects this can have on community safety. We are thankful to David Keane and Cheshire East Council for granting the funds to make the installation of the cameras possible to make our town centre safer.”
The commissioner visited Sandon Street with Laura Smith MP and representatives from Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Council to see the positive effect the installation of the camera is having on the area.
David Keane said: “Having visited Sandon Street myself, it’s clear to see how such an isolated area is benefitting from extra security measures. I’m pleased that my Safer Communities Fund could support this project.
“High quality CCTV plays a major role in helping to keep people safe. It provides a valuable resource for the police to investigate crime and can take the strain off overstretched police resources by acting as a deterrent to criminals.
“It also gives reassurance to local communities, particularly to both members of the public and police officers working in isolated areas in the evening and night-time economy.”
Laura Smith MP added: “The safety and security of our town centre will be vital in helping to bring about the regeneration that Crewe deserves.
“I’m grateful to David Keane for funding this additional measure to combat crime and antisocial behaviour, which should also help to deter those who have treated this area as a rubbish dump.”
The CCTV scheme is one of 17 projects across Cheshire which received Safer Communities Funding last year to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.
Councillor Janet Clowes, cabinet member with responsibility for safer communities in Cheshire East, said: “We continue to work closely with local police, the PCC and Crewe Town Council to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town. Together we are determined to crack down on anti-social behaviour and this new CCTV camera will help tackle a persistent problem area.
“Sadly, some people think they are above the law and continue to disturb the local community with their behaviour. Cheshire East’s decision to help fund this scheme, along with our partners, signals our commitment to tackling crime and rooting out anti-social behaviour of any kind, including fly-tipping, graffiti and vandalism.”