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CCTV cameras for Diss move a step closer

09:56 14 April 2012

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New CCTV cameras to help in the fight against crime in a Norfolk town have moved a step closer with the calling of a meeting to discuss setting up a company to run the surveillance system.

The South Norfolk Community Safety Partnership, which has been overseeing the project, has called a meeting at the Waterfront Inn in Diss on either April 19 or 20 to discuss creating a Community Interest Company (CIC) to supervise the project to potentially install cameras in the Market Place and Mere’s Mouth in Diss.

So far, 14 businesses in the town have expressed an interest in the cameras after the partnership delivered leaflets around the town centre asking traders if they would be prepared to contribute £10 a month towards the running cost of a CCTV system and if they would be interested in joining a CIC.

The leaflet stated a CCTV system would reduce crime by deterring criminals, reduce the fear of crime to shop staff and members of the public in the town centre, create a secure trading environment, increase police detection rates by identifying offenders and give visitors and residents increased confidence about visiting the town centre, which would raise the numbers coming in.

A Norfolk police report suggests installing CCTV could reduce the number of crimes from 351 to 261 per year, while saving the police £56,254.

3 comments

  • One of the many objectional things about living in britain is the feeling you are being watched all the time,like living in a communist dictatorship. Cameras have a dubious value in catching criminals,often the images are not good enough to secure a conviction. Nothing destroys the charm of a small norfolk town like ugly camera pods and gantrys, they are a poor substitute for policemen on the beat[remember them?] They drive crime out of town to the countryside,so rural businesses suffer,and they cost a fortune to maintain and install. Take on these monstrosities and watch your council tax go up!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Sorry T Doff but as an 'occasional' visitor to the town do you think that you can really comment on what is right or wrong for the town, I personally would feel much safer walking through the town in the evenings after work and my mother who walks through after choir would also benefit. It is not about being nosey but unfortunately with crimes on the increase it should provide a much safer enviroment for those of us that enjoy the town. I only hope that talk means action this time.

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    Queenie

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • As an occasional visitor to Diss, where I like to go to the various butchers, Larter and Ford's wonderful hardware shop and other independent shops (and spend quite a lot of money in the town), I do NOT feel that I will be given "extra confidence" by being spied on with these awful cameras. Any town which feels it so essential to go to these objectionable and nosey lengths is one which I don't think I really want to visit any more. So that's Diss off the list for me, now.

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    T Doff

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

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