Traders in Cockermouth make CCTV plea
Last updated at 12:37, Friday, 27 September 2013
Cockermouth traders want CCTV cameras to be switched back on in the town to help them stop shoplifters.
Businesses have joined forces with police to launch a Shop Watch scheme.
They have also asked the town council to investigate how much it would cost to turn CCTV back on.
The system was switched off last year by police when the constabulary’s new station moved from Main Street to Europe Way.
Town centre manager Joe Broomfield was due to meet with the police last night to discuss the options and costs.
Alan Kennon, town and county councillor, said: “Police are getting thinner on the ground so having the cameras means they will be able to watch what is going on on laptops or mobile phone screens.
“If the businesses want to pay towards the cost that is up to them.
“I don’t know how much the old police station was sold for but, whatever it was, we could use some of that money to go towards the surveillance.”
Julie Laidlow, owner of Firns Home Hardware and also a town councillor, said: “I would be happy to make a small contribution towards it.
“You could ask pubs and other local organisations to also help pay for it.”
William Myers, owner of Let’s Write card and gift shop on Main Street, said: “In other towns it has been beneficial and we are coming up to a fairly busy period. I know the cost has to be looked at but businesses could contribute if we really wanted it.”
Joe Murray, voluntary assistant manager at the Children’s Society on Main Street, said: “Having CCTV prevents people breaking in and it is a good time to go back and look at the possibility.”
Cumbria police are at present reviewing CCTV provision across the district.
A spokesman said: “We are consulting with all local councils to work in partnership to continue CCTV coverage.”
First published at 12:12, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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