Keep­ing an eye out to en­sure safety first

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WEST Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil and part­ners say they are work­ing hard to en­sure Orm­skirk is safe in the run-up to Christ­mas.

The coun­cil’s CCTV sys­tem watches over the bor­ough and pro­vides re­as­sur­ance to the com­mu­nity as well as a valu­able crime-fight­ing tool for the po­lice.

The cam­eras are mon­i­tored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and op­er­a­tors are pro­vid­ing valu­able as­sis­tance in pre­vent­ing and solv­ing crime.

In 2016/17 the CCTV Unit was in­volved in 6,045 in­ci­dents.

In ad­di­tion to the 282 ar­rests that the CCTV op­er­a­tors as­sisted with, a num­ber of the in­ci­dents also re­sulted in the po­lice or PCSOs be­ing able to in­ter­vene at an early stage to pre­vent trou­ble from es­ca­lat­ing into some­thing more se­ri­ous.

Be­tween No­vem­ber 2016 and No­vem­ber 2017, the op­er­a­tors played a key role in in­creas­ing road safety by ei­ther sup­port­ing the po­lice or di­rectly ob­serv­ing 98 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing sus­pected drunk driv­ers.

The op­er­a­tors also mon­i­tor sus­pected drug use and made 76 re­ports of pos­si­ble drug re­lated in­ci­dents dur­ing the same pe­riod re­sult­ing in a num­ber of ar­rests.

Op­er­a­tors keep in close con­tact with lo­cal busi­nesses and the po­lice through the Shop­watch ra­dio scheme, mean­ing of­fi­cers can be alerted and re­spond to any in­ci­dent as quickly as pos­si­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion on CCTV in West Lan­cashire please visit www. west­lancs.gov.uk/cctv.

Cllr Kevin Wright, port­fo­lio holder for health and com­mu­nity safety, said: “Crime is low in West Lan­cashire and we want to keep it that way.

“Our CCTV sys­tem pro­vides ex­cel­lent value for money in play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in help­ing to achieve that. With Christ­mas around the cor­ner we want peo­ple to feel safe when they are shop­ping or en­joy­ing an evening out.

“I am par­tic­u­larly pleased to see the role that CCTV plays in re­la­tion to drunk driv­ers. Driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol is a crime and is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“You could in­jure or kill your­self or oth­ers.

“Please leave your car at home this Christ­mas.”

Dave Tilleray, West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship chair­man, said: “We want every­one to en­joy them­selves this Christ­mas but we would also en­cour­age peo­ple to help them­selves by be­hav­ing in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner and look­ing af­ter their own per­sonal items.”

West Lan­cashire po­lice Insp Adrian Jolly said: “The CCTV sys­tem is a pow­er­ful tool that will as­sist in not only pre­vent­ing crime but en­able my staff to iden­tify the small mi­nor­ity who are in­tent on com­mit­ting crime or anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We will be work­ing closely with our part­ners over the fes­tive pe­riod to en­sure a Happy Christ­mas is had by all and that peo­ple feel safe.”

There are cur­rently 107 pub­lic open space cam­eras across the bor­ough, in­clud­ing Orm­skirk town cen­tre and var­i­ous key lo­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www.west­lancs.gov.uk/com­mu­ni­tysafety.

Dave Tilleray CCTV is ex­cel­lent value for money, says Cllr Kevin Wright

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