CCTV installed in Rosary Road in a bid to deter kerb crawlers
PUBLISHED: 17:08 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 10 July 2018
A CCTV camera has been installed in the Rosary Road area of Norwich in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour and kerb crawling.
The camera which has been placed at the junction with St Leonards Road is the latest in a number of measures taken by police to combat ongoing issues in the area.
People living along the road have long raised concerns over anti-social behaviour occurring in the area including complaints over drug taking and dealing, prostitution and kerb crawling.
Last year police took a number of measures to tackle complaints including increased foot patrols and in December put a dispersal order in place covering Rosary Road and Cannel Green.
It gave officers the power to ban someone from returning to the specified area for up to 48-hours if their behaviour was causing alarm.
Sgt Mark Shepherd, of the Norwich East neighbourhood policing team, which has been working with people living in the area, said: “We’ve put CCTV up on Rosary Road to deter curb crawlers who are working the area and to make it a safer environment.”
Going on to explain that he hoped that the introduction of CCTV along with ANPR cameras which are already in use would help to discourage prostitution from taking place in area he said he hoped the two would “make a big difference”.
Praising the community for the work they had done with the police to alert them to issues, he said: “The Rosary Road residents are a great example of a community taking responsibility for their area and I think a lot of areas could learn from that.
“Residents provide key links and the Rosary Road community is a one because without the public telling us what is going on we aren’t aware.
“We should be able to talk to the community to understand concerns.”
Adding that he would encourage other communities across the city to learn from the relationship between the Rosary Road community and the police Sgt Shepherd added: “Residents should feel confident that they can come forward and talk to us. Look at the constabulary web site or use crime stoppers. Dialogue is the way forward.”
Anyone with concerns about crime in their neighbourhood should contact Norfolk Police on 101.