cameras help arrest hundreds in Burnham and Highbridge
of arrests were made in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge last year
thanks to CCTV cameras in the towns.
figures released this week show the cameras, run by Sedgemoor
District Council, handled a total of 3850 incidents in 2015, resulting
in 1,060 arrests across the region.
authority monitors 145 CCTV cameras in addition to a number of
dedicated Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras across
the district, including 10 in Burnham-On-Sea. Others are in Taunton
Deane and South Somerset.
Sam Taylor, spokeswoman from Sedgemoor District Council, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "During 2015 our CCTV team dealt with
3,850 incidents resulting in 1,060 people being arrested. These
figures are for live incidents monitored and recorded by the CCTV
operators. These figures do not include incidents or arrest figures
for crimes that were dealt with through post incident investigations
by the police where CCTV footage was used therefore, arrest figures
will be higher than the 1060 recorded by CCTV."
"Broken down into local authority areas, Sedgemoor had 1,522
incidents, resulting in 427 arrests, Taunton Deane had 1678 incidents,
resulting in 453 arrests, and South Somerset had 650 incidents,
resulting in 180 arrests."
like the one pictured here in Burnham's Manor Gardens are monitored
by Sedgemoor District Councils CCTV Operators in the CCTV
Control Room 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
In 2015, the team also took 2,154 out of hours emergency calls from
the public. These were categorised as 1446 calls for Homes in Sedgemoor
regarding emergency repairs, 254 calls regarding lost or stray
dogs, 280 incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour or noise nuisance,
77 street cleanliness concerns, and 97 enquiries about flooding or
pumping stations across the district.
Sam added: "2015 has been a challenging year as the department
has been busy throughout but it has also been a time for celebration
as the team celebrated its 21st birthday."
"Since the department opened in 1994 it has helped thousands
of people who have been victims of crime, probably without them
even knowing it. We have also helped police to recover stolen
vehicles, find missing children and vulnerable adults who may
be considering suicide."
"We also detect violent offenders and people carrying weapons
or firearms. We help to locate those offenders who commit theft
and burglary, and offenders who have evaded capture and are sought
by the police."
"The CCTV team continue to work closely with Avon and Somerset
Police, those in the retail and pub trade, through the radio link
scheme, and our Local Authority partners to get the best results
and make the areas we monitor as safe as possible."
She added: "Overall it is very difficult to quantify the
success of a department by statistics, but the team at Sedgemoor
are highly dedicated and provide vast amounts of evidence and
intelligence to the authorities to aid them in the detection and
prosecution of offenders."
"However, CCTV is not always about crime, and quite often
we help in other ways that would not always be immediately obvious
for example finding a lost/misplaced car, spotting traffic problems
and updating on collisions, alerting authorities to a dangerous
building that has been damaged in extreme weather or spotting
early signs of flooding to name but a few."