Your District Council has started to roll out a state-of-the-art upgraded CCTV system in some of the area's busiest locations.
Already the purpose-designed digital CCTV system has been installed at three sites in Matlock Bath - launched to coincide with the busy Illuminations season - and the upgrades are continuing in the main towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.
The £100,000 project to replace old CCTV cameras dating back to 2007 will see live high definition pictures relayed back to the Town Hall in Matlock that can be reproduced and used to identify individuals or incidents.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"It's a wireless solution and the cameras record in full 25 frames per second high definition for at least 31 days with instant review and export facilities in line with government recommendations. Each CCTV site has a 180 degree monitoring capability, captured by four sensors, meaning it can record panoramic as well as close-up images.
"The improvement on the old system in the quality and clarity of images is incredible, and that includes night-time recording. This investment is about keeping the Dales safe and helping people who live here and visit to feel safe.
"High quality CCTV systems deter vandals and reduce reparation costs, reduce criminal investigation times and deter anti-social behaviour."
The installation work started in Wirksworth today (21 September) and will continue in Ashbourne next week, followed by Bakewell and Matlock next month.
- Pictured above (from left) with one of the new CCTV units are: District Council Community Safety Officers Karen Cooper and Shaun Herrett, with Mark Yeomans and Daniel Cook from CCTV contractor the Mytec Group