STRABANE is a ‘safe town that just got safer,’ a local publican has remarked on the forthcoming CCTV installation. Proprietor of Murphy’s on the Green, Kieran Murphy, who also represents Strabane BID (Business Improvement District) says rather than combat crime, town centre surveillance will predominantly benefit vulnerable people. It was revealed in recent days that a combination of funds totalling almost £60,000 has been set aside for the new installation; it is now hoped that up to five cameras could be in place in a matter of weeks. Advertisement “The crime figures just weren’t there to support the installation of CCTV,” Kieran Murphy explained. “But that’s not what this is about. “There was a cocktail of funding gathered for this and Strabane BID paid an equal share. More than anything CCTV in Strabane is about helping vulnerable people. “Like if a person is lost for example. Police will be able to look at the … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a safe town that just got safer’ says publican
Video PUBLISHED: 07:30 02 December 2018 Joseph Norton Concerned residents living in Great Yarmouth have been reassured they live in one of the safest areas in Norfolk. Picture: Antony Kelly Archant Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council has issued a strong defence over the safety of the borough.He has also reassured the community it has the appropriate measures in place to deal with crimes in the town.This week, parents at St Nicholas Primary School expressed their shock after a key stage two pupil brought a knife onto the school’s premises.A man was filmed with a knife in Great Yarmouth. Picutre: SubmittedA man also issued a stark warning to residents living in his village after an armed robber tried to steal his watch and car.These incidents followed a video which emerged two weeks ago of a man waving a knife on a busy street in Great Yarmouth town centre.Mr Plant believes “isolated incidents” should not … [Read more...] about Does this Norfolk town have a knife problem?
PUBLISHED: 09:47 15 November 2018 Richard Cornwell Councillors in Felixstowe have agreed to pay for a PCSO for the town Picture: PHIL MORLEY Archant Community leaders in Felixstowe have agreed to spend £68,000 to fund an extra police officer for the town to deal with specific problems. The aim will be to make people feel safer by increasing the visibility of police on the resort’s streets.The extra Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will also tackle illegal parking and hand out fixed penalty tickets, deal with low-level anti-social behaviour, and growing issues of begging and homelessness.But opponents say funding a PCSO will mean the public paying twice for policing – and such a scheme could be the “thin end of the wedge”.Felixstowe Town Council has agreed to fund an officer for two years.Steve Gallant, vice chairman of the finance and general purposes committee, stressed that Felixstowe was a safe town with low crime but … [Read more...] about Should towns and villages have to pay for their own police?
A dedicated cop is patrolling Dumbarton town centre after a 70 percent spike in shoplifting. Police are turning up the heat on the crooks who have been helping themselves on the High Street. New figures reveal that shop thefts increased by 67 percent between April and June - compared to the same period last year. Boots, which already employs a security guard at its town store, has been described by police as a main target. Police chiefs have drafted in a community policing officer to cover the town centre on daily beats. They have also set up meetings with local firms to provide advice on crime prevention in an effort to clamp down on shoplifters. The local division’s new chief inspector Scott Carlin said the culprits are a mix of organised crime gangs and people who have no money. And recent figures show one man alone has been charged 27 times for thefts. Chief Inspector Carlin said: “Sometimes shoplifting is committed because people simply have no money. “Am I … [Read more...] about 70% spike in shoplifting in Dumbarton town centre sees new cop drafted in
A cyclist has claimed that more than 50 bike racks at Cambridge's Cyclepoint are not secure because of the way they're fitted. According to the cyclist, who wishes to remain anonymous, thieves are going to new levels to steal the bikes parked in the facility, at Cambridge station. In June, Cambridgeshire Live revealed that there had been 39 bicycle thefts at the 3,000 space cycle park, which opened in June, 2016. But after falling victim himself on July 27, the cyclist had a look at the racks to see why they were being stolen. Rather than breaking the lock or dismantling the bike, he claims thieves are removing the Sheffield Hoop bike rack from the ground and threading it through the Sold Secure Gold Standard D-locks, allowing them to carry the bike away. "It was a shock to me that a ‘secure’ hoop within what a Greater Anglia spokeswoman waxed lyrical about being 'safe, secure and a brightly lit place for cyclists to park their bikes' could be so easily removed," he … [Read more...] about Cyclist claims ‘bikes aren’t safe’ at Cambridge’s Cyclepoint