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Businesses call for CCTV after recent crimes

Businesses call for CCTV after recent crimes

Coulsdon businesses have criticised the local council's decision not to install further CCTV systems.

Concerned parties called for increased video surveillance in the area after criminals recently targeted a Natwest bank and a local stationers, reports the Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser.

Maureen Levy, secretary of the East Coulsdon Residents' Association, said that thieves recognise the risks that CCTV brings to their activities and criminals appeared to be targeting businesses in the section of town not covered by CCTV.

Director of public safety Anthony Brooks for the Croydon Borough said re-deployable CCTV cameras are allocated across the borough according to the need and the situation is always under review.

But in an email to local businesses representatives, he added Coulsdon "did not score highly in terms of crime risk when compared to other parts of the borough".

Vijay Upadhyaya, owner of the stationers which was robbed, said that without CCTV police have no idea who is committing crimes.

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