More CCTV cameras and a new ShopWatch scheme
for two new initiatives to reduce crime and disorder in Burnham-On-Sea
were unveiled this week.
Mark Nicholson (pictured) of Burnham's town centre police team
addressed town councillors about plans for a ShopWatch scheme
- and, seperately, proposals to introduce CCTV cameras at Apex
Leisure Park were discussed.
Peter Clayton called for CCTV cameras to be used at Apex's car
park and skate park areas following reports about alleged drug
cameras and extra lighting would be a great help. An incident
took place recently but the vehicles and people could not be seen
or identified," said Cllr Clayton.
Louise Parkin backed the proposal and added that children at Burnham's
Youth Town Council have also expressed their concerns about drug
taking at the skate park. The proposal will be further discussed
in coming weeks.
it is hoped that the ShopWatch scheme to help protect small businesses
against crime and disorder could be up and running in Burnham
later this year.
Nicholson said that the town's PubWatch scheme has already been
a success, adding: "The committee already has the power to
ban troublemakers from the town's pubs and clubs."
16 and 18 people have already been banned," he said. "This
makes the town a lot safer to drink in and means people are less
likely to offend in the town."
extended to shops in Burnham, a database of offenders' photos
would be generated to allow business owners to recognise troublemakers
and prevent them from accessing their shops. A co-ordinator would
be hired for one day a week to oversee the scheme.
introduced, the scheme would be managed in conjunction with Action
Against Business Crime (AABC), a national organisation for business
crime reduction partnerships. It would ensure that firm links
between businesses, police and other relevant local and regional
agencies are developed.
Town Council's Policy and Finance committee will decide during
the next few weeks whether they will back the ShopWatch scheme
with the necessary funding to push the proposal forward.
Against Business Crime
Avon and Somerset Constabulary