Cheshire Police is asking local businesses to do their bit to help fight crime. By visiting the webpage http://www.cheshire.police.uk/get-involved/cctv-form.aspxon the Cheshire Police website business owners can pass on the details of their CCTV cameras. If a crime is committed in a particular area it is easier for officers to locate footage that may be able to assist enquiries. The system should save officers valuable amounts of time.
Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard said "Knowing where CCTV cameras are located within the Cheshire Police area is critical for the effective use of CCTV. If a crime occurs, we can quickly identify whether a camera is located nearby and then check to see whether it has captured images that may be of use to our investigation. This saves us time, speeds up the investigative process and ensures that we recover the CCTV images before they are overwritten. Telling Cheshire Police that you have CCTV cameras helps the fight against crime and ensures that we make best use of the technology."
Cheshire Police has been involved in the CCTV Mapping project for 3 years, during this time Police Community Support Officers have visited premises across Cheshire to establish CCTV locations. This information is then collated and entered into the force mapping system. If business owners enter there CCTV information this assists in any investigation where footage could be required as evidence.
The idea was originally implemented by Salford City Council who set up an internet submission form. PCSOs will also continue to visit business premises to gather this information.