December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
People living in a south Norfolk town could soon benefit from extra security after planning permission was submitted to install new CCTV cameras
Plans have been submitted to South Norfolk Council to install 11 CCTV cameras and Wifi nodes in Wymondham.
The cameras would record street scenes 24 hours a day and police would be able to monitor them via a Wifi link which would feed back to their headquarters.
People in the town have been campaigning for better security for a decade and the Wymondham CCTV group was formed in 2003 and two cameras were installed in 2004.
The town council is now hoping for permission to upgrade and extend the old analogue system to a new digital system.
An application to install cameras throughout the high street and Town Green stretching from Fairland Street to Cock Street and in Cemetery Lane near the car park is set to be discussed by councillors.
Town clerk Trevor Gurney said: “The town council is in favour of this scheme.
“It will benefit people living in the town and will provide the police with some assistance.”
Mr Gurney said that the cameras would be installed as soon as possible if the application was given the go-ahead by South Norfolk council.
“The idea is that the system can be built on,” he added. “It could well be that other areas including Ayton Road would be added on at a later date.
“All 11 cameras would be fixed and we would like to have a mobile camera so we can move it around.”
The cameras would be funded by South Norfolk Council, which has a budget of £66,000 to improve and install CCTV in Wymondham and Diss.
The aim of the CCTV system is to reduce crime by deterring criminals, reduce the fear of crime to shop staff and members of the public in the town centre, create a secure trading environment and increase police detection rates by identifying offenders.
It would also give visitors and residents increased confidence about coming to the town centre, which would raise the numbers making the trip.