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Enfield Council to spend £950,000 on CCTV expansion

Published Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Enfield Council has announced plans to invest £958,000 on expanding its CCTV network into 24 new locations as part of a major drive to make the borough even safer.

CCTV The investment will build on the current network of 259 cameras which helped provide the evidence to enable police to arrest more than 1,000 suspects between April and December 2012.

The new cameras will be installed in areas where experts believe they will help to reduce specific crimes and make communities safer while reducing the fear of crime.

Two mobile automatic number plate readers, designed to tackle car crime will also be purchased as part of the expansion programme.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "Enfield is a safe borough but we want to make it the safest in London for our residents and make it a nicer place in which to live, work and visit.

"We work incredibly hard with all our partners to reduce crime and make people feel safer, and the expansion of our already excellent CCTV network will make it easier for us to detect crime and assist our colleagues in the police to apprehend criminals across the whole of our borough, but especially in those areas where crime is higher than we'd like.

"Last month the Mayor of London's Office announced that Winchmore Hill police station will be closing and Southgate and Enfield police stations will be operating under significantly reduced hours, so it’s vital we do everything we can as a council to support our hard working police officers wherever we can, and help to reduce crime and make residents feel safer.

"Enfield's police officers do an incredibly difficult task under sometimes dangerous conditions, we are proud of the work they do in keeping us safe and we are determined to do everything we can to help make their job easier.

"We will never be complacent and we'll always look to reduce crime and an expanded CCTV network means there will be no place for criminals to hide in this borough. My message to criminals is clear - if you are thinking of coming to Enfield to commit crimes, don't bother, we'll find you, apprehend you and prosecute you so you cannot pose a threat to our residents.”

Enfield Council officially opened its Public Safety Centre in 2003, the centre is owned and managed by Enfield Council and has a Metropolitan Police officer on site to help collect and analyse footage for evidence and ensure an immediate response can be provided to incidents as they occur. The cameras played a key role in helping the police in identifying and prosecuting a number of people who were involved in the August 2011 riots in Enfield.

The centre currently monitors all council cameras including those on housing estates and internal building CCTV, it also carries out traffic enforcement regarding bus lane enforcement and parking offences on behalf of Transport for London. The centre can also access cameras installed by housing associations, TfL and other partners, giving the centre extensive coverage of most of the borough.

The police station closures were outlined in the Mayor of London's Police and Crime Plan on Monday 25 March. The closures are part of a raft of measures designed to help the Metropolitan Police save £500 million by 2016.

Under the plan, Southgate police station will be open to the public between 7am-7pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and 2-3pm on Saturday afternoons. It currently opens between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday but will be used as a base for Safer Neighbourhood Teams and other police units.

Winchmore Hill police station will close permanently.

Enfield Town police station will retain a front counter service between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Edmonton police station will retain a 24 hour front counter service.

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