Home office minister Alun Michael told MPs it was important to transfer experience of the successful use of closed...
Home office minister Alun Michael told MPs it was important to transfer experience of the successful use of closed circuit television surveillance cameras to other areas.
'The police, the local authority and the private sector should look at opportunities to transfer the lessons learned in one place by considering financing schemes in the other estate'.
He said government would be funding 175 cctv schemes this financial year and by the end of March more than 580 schemes will have benefited from the successive rounds of the challenge competitions. The lessons learned from these schemes would be applied elsewhere.
Edward Garnier, Conservative MP for Harborough, urged the minister to shake Oadby and Wigston Borough whose controlling Liberal Democrats refused even to apply for Home Office funding for CCTV.
Mr Michael replied:'CCTV is most effective when it is linked in with other measures to fighte crime. The partnership approach, introduced in the Crime and Disorder Act, will give the context for the reduction of crime in every area and consideration of whether CCTV is appropriate to fit in with that local partnership approach. It is appropriate for all areas to consider that point. The answer may be local, based on the local facts of crime'.