Added on: 25th April, 2018 by Derek Hope - Kent Photonews
A petition, organised by Bexley Borough resident Chris Brown, calls for the reinstatement of live monitoring of the CCTV cameras installed in the Borough. It will be delivered to the new council after the elections in May. The petition, which has been live on www.change.org for only a few days has attracted upwards of 2,000 signatures already.
Mr Brown says :"Live CCTV is not just about crime prevention - it does more".
Bexley Council's CCTV service has 225 cameras positioned across the borough and records 24/7 365 days a year. Up until 2016 these were live monitored by a team of CCTV operatives. They would quickly identify problem hotspots, reporting crime and anti-social behaviour to the police, help locate missing elderly/vulnerable people and children and saved countless lives by noticing suicide attempts.
By having these areas monitored, any issues, for example, relating to anti-social behaviour, could be picked up immediately and referred straight on to the police enabling a quick resolution and ensuring safety of Bexley residents.For those who might question the point of having live CCTV monitoring in the Borough of Bexley, please think about this single incident (Just one of many recorded by the surveillance team) :-
Fatal Stabbing Oct 2011 Bexleyheath
Information had been received in the control room that a woman had been seen on the Broadway with a knife. Searched area and located suspect near the Bowling Centre running away from the scene of what was later discovered as a fatal stabbing. Cameras were kept on suspect whilst other members of the team directed Police to her location where an arrest was made. It transpired that she had also attacked a female at a bus stop prior to the incident and stolen a knife from a butchers shop. On review of all Bexleyheath cameras it was possible able to trace her movements from arrival in the borough 'till her arrest. If you believe that reinstating live CCTV monitoring will not only help keep the borough safe, but also provide jobs for local residents, you can sign the petition. Copy and paste the link below into your browser.
© Copyright Trader Press 2018. This article appears in the May Blackfen and Bexley Village Trader.