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CCTV watched over festive shoppers

[Tuesday 02 December 2008]

Hambleton’s band of CCTV camera operators are gearing up for a busy festive season.

In the last eight months they have helped the police make 113 arrests in Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk and Bedale – for everything from criminal damage and burglary to shoplifting and public order offences. 240 police enquiries resulting in 139 ‘evidential packages’ being issued for interview and court purposes have also been handled.

The work of the team which looks after the 44 cameras watching over the district keeps Hambleton in the top 15 council CCTV systems in the UK.

“We are working hard to keep us in the top part of this league,” said Head of Service – Communities, Mick Jewitt.

“One of our most recent successes was when an operator reacted to a message on the police radio and by using the cameras was able to direct officers to the area were two burglars had made off after being disturbed breaking into a shop in Northallerton.”

The CCTV Team also plays an active part in the ‘Business Against Crime Hambleton’ scheme (BACH) which enables retailers to contact CCTV Staff and the police via a two way radio link or by phone about any shoplifters or criminal activity they are experiencing on their premises. Since April CCTV has assisted in the arrests of 22 people for theft or on suspicion of theft.

“With the build up to Christmas the CCTV team is well prepared and ready to support the police and local retailers during this busy period – we want out market towns to have a crime free festive season,” added Mr Jewitt.

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