Residents' calls for surveillance system answered
Residents in the Portswood area of Southampton have been pleased to find out that their calls for a CCTV system to be installed on their local high street has now become a reality.
The camera was recently fitted in the busy shopping area, and is the first CCTV surveillance system in the Portswood shopping precinct. The implementation of the crime deterring scheme is the result of a partnership approach involving key organisations in the city.
Southampton City Council, working with Balfour Beatty Living Places, Spectrum Housing, Radian Housing and Southampton Businesses Against Crime (SoBAC) implemented the installation, with the support of Hampshire Constabulary.
The majority of the money needed to purchase and fit the camera was provided by the Spectrum and Radian Housing Associations and SoBAC, who worked with local businesses in the area to ensure funding for the scheme was secured.
Head of SoBAC, Roy Russell, said: “After a lot of hard work it’s very satisfying to see the cameras finally up and running. They are a very real deterrent to criminals who may have targeted the area, and the local businesses, residents and shoppers in the high street will now feel a lot safer.”
From left to right: Head of SoBAC - Roy Russell, Citywatch Supervisor at Balfour Beatty Living Places - Ben Church, Sergeant Paul Morton of Hampshire Constabulary.