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Cheltenham Council investing in car park CCTV to help shoppers

Cheltenham Council investing in car park CCTV to help shoppers

Cheltenham Borough Council has agreed to spend £50,000 a year on improving its CCTV systems infrastructure in a bid to lower crime figures - particularly around the area's car parks.

The commitment will last for five years and the council hopes that such a financial outlay and an extensive array of cameras will help curb shoppers' fears of crime.

As yet it is undecided whether the money will be used solely to provide more cameras or whether some of the existing 68 will also be updated, reports the Gloucestershire Echo.

Councillor John Rawson, cabinet member for finance, said that CCTV is an important tool in fighting crime.

He stated: "The cameras are used pro-actively by police including storage of images and the release of any to third parties"

Cllr Rawson added that the cameras acted as a visible deterrent to anyone thinking about committing a crime and they know that there is a high chance that they will be brought to justice.

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