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Life through the lens in February: assault, graffiti and burglary

9:43 am, Wednesday, 15th March 2023 - 11 months ago

Environment and community safety

CCTV in North East Lincolnshire which is delivered by North East Lincolnshire Council’s delivery partner, Equans, last month captured a number of assaults, helping Police to track down the alleged assailants.

The Council’s Public Space CCTV network, which recently underwent a £2.2m upgrade, has already this year helped emergency services to save lives and solve crime. January saw 13 pieces of CCTV footage downloaded to assist emergency services.

In February, a further nine clips were passed to Police to help with investigations.

These included:

  • two separate incidents of assault on a male,
  • one incident of assault on a female,
  • a road traffic collision,
  • an incident involving two males and three females carrying out graffiti
  • tracking down a vehicle used by alleged perpetrators of an assault
  • tracking down two males involved in a burglary

In one instance, Police notified the CCTV Control Room about a burglary, and officers in the control room were able to track down two male suspects and direct Police to their location where they were apprehended.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities in North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Once again these figures show the value of CCTV in preventing crime, protecting residents and tracking down the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

“In several instances already this year, our operatives have spotted and responded to instances of vulnerable people who are in need of some support, and I absolutely commend them for working diligently to make sure that those individuals receive that support.

“What the team does is undoubtedly life-saving.

“I’d also like to thank our colleagues at Humberside Police – the relationship that we have with them has enabled the CCTV network to really work well in the prevention and detection of crime in our area.”

The large-scale upgrades, which were approved by the Council’s Cabinet in 2022, introduced a single digital transmission network enabling public space CCTV cameras and rapid-deployment cameras.

97 existing CCTV cameras have been upgraded and an additional 61 cameras have been introduced.

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