Funding awarded for additional CCTV cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour

Funding for additional CCTV cameras to help tackle anti-social behaviour and bring back a sense of pride in place has been awarded to BCP Council.

Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety commented:

“We want to ensure that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is a safe place to live in, work in and visit, and one of the ways we can achieve this and bring back a sense of pride in our place, is by eradicating anti-social behaviour. This is hugely important for us and one that we’re committed to achieving through our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign, so I’m delighted that we’ve been awarded funding for these additional CCTV cameras.”

Following a successful bid to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset allocated funding for the council to install CCTV cameras in eight areas which have been directly affected by crime including Christchurch Road in Boscombe, Christchurch Road in Pokesdown and Southbourne Grove.

The cameras, which will be managed by the council’s Community Safety Team, will be installed in April.

The Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign focuses on the real issues that matter to residents across the conurbation, with tackling anti-social behaviour at the centre of the commitment.

Other ideas in development for the Safer aspect of this campaign include additional Community Safety Accreditation Scheme officers and increased community days of action when COVID-19 restrictions allow.