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News | Town Centre CCTV cameras to be upgraded

Date Posted: 16th September 2018

Do the CCTV cameras in Ashford and Tenterden public spaces make you feel safe in the area? The cameras are to be updated to help boost confidence in community safety by providing high-resolution images.

Ashford Borough Council believes the public space CCTV systems play a vital part in keeping our town centres safe and making them a welcoming place to visit. They provide important evidence to the police and other enforcement agencies both preventing and detecting crime.

The current cameras and associated equipment needs to be replaced not only to improve image quality but also to allow us them to be monitored from alternative sites, for example, in the event of an emergency that affects the monitoring centre. The new system will be more energy efficient and less expensive to run. The council is even hoping the enhanced functionality will attract new business for the council.

Details are currently being finalised but the hope is to have both Ashford and Tenterden operational by the end of March 2019.

Cllr Brad Bradford, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Wellbeing at Ashford Borough Council, said:

"CCTV continues to underpin community safety throughout the borough. It assists the prevention of crime and reinforces public confidence within our communities. Switching to the KPSN network will not only secure an up-to-date platform for the operation of CCTV within our borough, it will also reduce ongoing connection costs and enable the Monitoring Centre to expand its offering to over 6,000 other sites in Kent currently on the system."

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