A £100,000 upgrade of CCTV systems is now complete in some of the Derbyshire Dales’ busiest locations.
The purpose-designed digital CCTV upgrade has been funded by your District Council and installed by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth.
The project to replace old CCTV cameras dating back to 2007 started last autumn, and now live high definition pictures are recorded in Wirksworth Town Hall, Ashbourne Leisure Centre and Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre, with broadband links in place to send the images back to the Town Hall at Matlock.
The recordings and still images can be reproduced and used to identify individuals or incidents. High quality CCTV systems deter vandals and reduce reparation costs, reducing criminal investigation times and deter anti-social behaviour.
This Thursday (11 January), the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee will hear a progress report on the CCTV upgrade - a wireless solution that features cameras which 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.
There are three types of camera, including some with a pan, tilt and zoom function and 180 degree and, in some cases, 360 degree monitoring capability captured by four or eight sensors, meaning they can record panoramic as well as close-up images.
The cameras are currently sited in Ashbourne at Shawcroft car park, Dig Street, the Green Man and the Market Place, in Bakewell at Bridge Street, Rutland Arms and Granby Road, and in Matlock at Hall Leys Park, Causeway lane, Crown Square, M&S, Monk Bar and the Station car park.
Matlock Bath has three sites – Fishpond, Midland Hotel and Station car park – and Wirksworth four – Waltham House, Anthony Gell School, St Mary’s Church Yard and the Red Lion.
Thursday’s meeting will hear that the improvement on the old system in the quality and clarity of images is significant, including night-time recording, and the investment will help keep the Dales safe.
The full report to Thursday’s Community & Environment Committee can be viewed online [PDF 2.1MB].
Pictured below in Wirksworth with one of the new CCTV units are District Council Community Safety Officers Karen Cooper and Shaun Herrett, with Sgt Suzanne Cope, plus still images from the new cameras in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth.