The East Riding of Yorkshire Council in conjunction with Humberside Police are to use the existing CCTV cameras to send messages and ‘call out’ to people behaving irresponsibly in the town centre of Bridlington over the Christmas period.
Some of the CCTV cameras located across Bridlington town centre have the ability to transmit audio messages.
It is planned that over the busy Christmas period those that monitor the CCTV cameras will not only ‘call out’ to people they see behaving antisocially but also to pass on key messages about behaving appropriately in the town centre.
Sergeant Mark Shingles of Humberside Police Licensing and Public Order Unit, hopes to reduce Violent Crime, public order offences and Antisocial behaviour throughout the town over Christmas. He says, ‘it is hoped that by raising the profile of these CCTV cameras, people who are in the town and are considering misbehaving will know they are being watched because someone in the control room at the CCTV centre will actually speak to them directly via the audio capability within the CCTV units. It is therefore anticipated that they will reconsider their behaviour and stop what they are doing before the police are called to deal with these instances of anti-social behaviour.
‘Because the cameras are fitted with this audio capability they will also serve to send out the occasional crime prevention message to anyone we see as being vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime or one who may be considering committing a crime.’
The idea for using the CCTV audio function on the cameras came from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council who are responsible for monitoring them and it is felt that it will prove to be a very useful tool in the campaign against Anti-Social Behaviour.