24-7 Monitoring Returns to Stratford
It’s no secret that in several towns and cities in the United Kingdom is one of the best CCTV security surveillance systems in the world. There is hardly a street corner or alley way that does not have a CCTV security surveillance camera capturing all the action on the streets. Well, in Stratford, UK, thanks to some strong management and a new agreement, the town of Stratford will be able to return to its former 24 hours a day monitoring of its cameras and surveillance system.
Recently, the managers and supervisors of the Stratford District Council decided to cut the hours of monitoring of the 87 cameras; in some cases, the monitoring was cut drastically. This was in an attempt to cut back spending by about $100,000. However, this plan received harsh criticism from several worried residents and business owners, especially considering that there had also been a cut in the number of police officers and their patrols.
But at a meeting on Monday, it was revealed that police officers and others had been working with some of the smaller groups and government offices in order to reinstate the 24 hours a day monitoring, feeling that it was more important to keep people feeling safe and secure than it was to watch the budget.
Many smaller political foot holdings within the town, such as he likes of Stratford Town Council and Bidford Parish Council, have already made the decision to contribute $33,000 of the money it would take to reinstate the 24 hours a day monitoring. The District Council’s Technical Services chief, Mike Brain, also stated that the Stanford Town Trust had agreed to pay for the remaining $19,000 to reinstate the 24 hours a day monitoring.
Brain also said that unfortunately, the Warwickshire Police would not be able to contribute to the overall cost because of ‘budgetary constraints’. There were already some layoffs performed recently, which, coupled with the temporary discontinuance of the 24 hours a day monitoring, had many in Stratford feeling unsafe in their own home town, and who could blame them? However, with the 24 hours a day monitoring being reinstated, everyone from the average Joe to the highest of business partners would be able to breathe a little easier with knowledge that the town they love is watching out for them in every way.
Brain said: “The district council can no longer afford to monitor, maintain and run the district’s CCTV operation 24/7, although we still have been recording full time with monitoring at crucial times. Officers and I have been working with a number of partners and interested parties to find a suitable solution. Residents, business and visitors alike all benefit from the CCTV cameras, they are a valuable community safety resource that provides peace of mind and reassurance and it is only right that partners contribute to this service. CCTV provides useful evidence to enforcement agencies and is an integral part of our public safety provision. We are almost there and need to find an additional £20,000 in order to restore the full time monitoring.”