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Redditch residents now have better, faster CCTV services that cost less to run, thanks to a major service upgrade.

Analogue CCTV infrastructure has been upgraded to digital in the borough after £339,000 for the work was provided to the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia John Campion.

It means better quality CCTV in Redditch and all of North Worcestershire as well as lower costs, and even allows for deployable cameras that can be moved to areas of local community concern.

The heart of that operation, the 24-hour CCTV Monitoring Centre at Redditch Town Hall, was renovated with all-new equipment as part of the project. It provides the service across Bromsgrove District and Wyre Forest District, as well as in Redditch Borough, and the digital upgrade means its CCTV images can be shared more easily and in real time with police dispatchers.

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “We welcome this investment into an important service for our residents. It not only improves the quality of CCTV both for us and our partners in the area, but also allows us to run the service more efficiently than ever.”

Sue Hanley, Chair of the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, said: “By enabling higher definition, lower costs, and increased capacity, this funding has transformed the capability of local CCTV services across the partnership which helps to deter crime, detect crime, and prevent crime.”

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said: “I have prioritised investment into the use of the latest technologies to assist with crime prevention and detection. The funding I have provided to this partnership for the installation of digital CCTV will enhance policing in the local area and help communities to not only be safe, but feel safe.”

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(L-R) Cllr Matt Dormer, John Campion and Sue Hanley inspected the improved facilities at the upgraded CCTV Monitoring Centre at Redditch Town Hall.