Cutting-edge CCTV cameras have been installed at some of Sunderland’s anti-social behaviour hotspots as police and partners respond to concerns raised by residents.
Police and Sunderland City Council have been speaking with those living and working across the city about crime, anti-social behaviour and environmental issues affecting their communities.
As a result, the council’s North Area Committee has funded the £30,000 installation of four new mobile surveillance cameras which can be moved to any potential areas of concern to help police locate offenders and review any incidents of note.
The 4G cameras are fitted with the latest technology to beam high-definition images back to the council’s CCTV control suite, which police can currently use to study late-night flashpoints.
The cameras have initially been deployed within areas of Roker, Seaburn, Southwick and Downhill as officers and community safety partners look to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and offer reassurance to those living in affected areas.
Inspector Don Wade, of Northumbria Police, said:
“We are committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and this is an excellent example of partners working together to help protect those most vulnerable in our communities.
“Crime and anti-social behaviour of a minority can cause misery for many of our residents, so we are always looking to utilise the latest technology in a bid to prevent further disruption and bring identified perpetrators to justice.
“These cameras offer great flexibility in that they can be moved to any area where crime is reported and issues arise.
“I would urge members of the public who are concerned about anti-social behaviour in their area to speak to a nearby officer or contact police. By working together with partners and local residents, we can tackle these issues head-on.”
Councillor Denny Wilson, chair of Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee, says the new cameras will provide “vital intelligence” in the battle against anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Wilson said:
“Our role is to respond to any concerns local residents may have about life in our communities and do everything we can with the resources we have available to help.
“One of our main priorities is community safety and working together to prevent anti-social and criminal behaviour. These new cameras will provide vital intelligence to help us and the police to identify where it’s happening and who is responsible.”
The CCTV project was developed by the council’s Area Committee Place Board, which works with police, local residents and other partners to identify areas where there are problems with anti-social behaviour or environmental crime, and put practical solutions in place to deal with them.
Cllr Stephen Foster, chair of the North Area Committee Place Board, added:
“We hope that these mobile CCTV cameras will help us both to deter anti-social behaviour and take action against anyone who continues to become involved.”
Anyone who is a victim of anti-social behaviour or sees a crime happening is asked to speak to a nearby officer, call 101 or log the incident our website. In an emergency, ring 999.