The installation of ten new CCTV cameras in Melton began on Monday 30 January. The cameras will be monitored 24 hours a day through a collaboration between Melton Borough Council, Police and Harborough District Council.
Alicia Kearns MP, Cllr Malise Graham and Rupert Matthews, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, met with contractors ACE to see the start of the camera installation.
The installation of the new cameras is anticipated to be completed on Friday 10 February.
Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton said:
“I'm delighted we've secured a new high-tech CCTV system for Melton - it's a real priority for our town and will mean that we can effectively catch and prosecute those who commit crimes.”
"The current system dates back to the 1990s, so it was in need of an upgrade. The new system will provide much greater support to our wonderful local police team as they keep us safe, and ensure the safety of our local businesses. I know that the dark nights make many members of our community feel increasingly vulnerable, so I hope that this added layer of security in our town provides everyone with some reassurance this Winter.”
Rupert Matthews, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said:
“I am delighted to have been able to fund Melton’s new CCTV cameras. These new cameras are the culmination of a lot of hard work from Melton Borough Council and the Safer Melton Partnership, for which I am thankful. Their efforts will ensure that Melton Police will have access to better resources for preventing, responding and solving crime issues across the Borough and helping residents feel safer, all critical planks of my police and crime plan.
“The rapid installation of these new cameras illustrates just how effective working with our partners can be when it comes to fighting crime and making life for those who live and work in Melton Borough safer.”
Cllr Malise Graham, Portfolio Holder for People and Communities said:
“It is fantastic we have been able to work with our contractors to get these modern CCTV cameras with up to date technology installed so quickly. Community Safety is a priority of ours and through updating the technology and improving the monitoring that is in place, we can offer increased assurance to our community and businesses.
“We hope the installation process does not cause too much disruption to our residents and business owners and appreciate everyone’s patience whilst our contractors carry out these essential works throughout the town.”