New state-of-the-art CCTV cameras have started to be installed in Warsop as part of a major community safety project.
The high-spec cameras can rotate to give a 360-degree street view and are being installed around the area including the High Street.
They are part of a huge package of crime reduction measures being paid for by national Safer Streets funding, after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire was successful in a bid for £3 million for projects across the city and county.
Over £300,000 of community safety measures and improvements are being carried out in Warsop and other parts of the Mansfield district, delivered in partnership with Mansfield District Council, the police and other support agencies.
So far eight of 11 new cameras have been installed. They are being put up in Carr Lane Park, Coral Crescent, Clumber Street, Sherwood Street and The Carrs Local Nature Reserve.
As part of the wider project for the area, new automatic number plate recognition cameras have also been added to help the police catch law breakers in the area.
The camera at The Carrs, near the children’s play area, uses the latest technology to act as a safe point. These safe points are monitored 24 hours a day and will allow people in distress to press a button on the camera column which gives them direct access to the council’s CCTV control room to ask for help.
Staff in the control room will be able to advice the person asking for help immediately and direct them to their nearest “Safe Space” or, if necessary, ask the police to attend.
Safe Spaces are places such as local shops and businesses that have signed up for CCTV cameras and special staff training in how to support people who come through their doors looking for help.