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LONDON COMPETES WITH COUNTIES FOR CCTV FUNDING

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Closed circuit television is being increasingly used by local authorities in town centres to tackle, and prevent, c...
Closed circuit television is being increasingly used by local authorities in town centres to tackle, and prevent, crime.

The Association of London Authorities will tomorrow (12 January) hold a seminar to promote London local authorities' bids to the Home Office for a share of £2m available for new schemes. London will have to compete against the counties for the cash.

The seminar will look both at the benefits and the limitations of CCTV, bringing together community safety officers from all over London. The current scheme in Merton will be examined in depth.

The ALA's policing spokesman Derek Sawyer said:

'Local authorities are not claiming that CCTV is, or should, be the only weapon in tackling crime in town centres. But it can form part of a useful package of measures to improve community safety. Both the police and local authorities should work in partnership to devise comprehensive crime prevention measures.'

The seminar will also look at how any abuse of CCTV systems in public places can be prevented.

'However, we must do our best to ensure that whenever money is available from the Home Office for any crime prevention measure, London gets its fair share'.

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