A major security upgrade aimed at protecting local enterprises and the public around North Somerset has now begun.
Local councillors have issued a statement warning criminals that there will be nowhere left for them to hide as the local authority embarks on installing the all-new state-of-the-art surveillance system. A total of 71 analogue-style cameras that have been in position for over 20 years will now be replaced across the Somerset district with modern wireless products.
The upgrade initiative has an expected cost of about £400,000, but will offer vastly improved CCTV with high-definition capabilities. The improved images available from the devices will assist the authorities in successfully tracking, identifying, and acquiring evidence to prosecute offenders, creating greater security around the area.
Companies arranging a CCTV installation in Chester, North Somerset and other areas in the UK should only use qualified contractors to fit equipment to ensure it operates effectively.
The current CCTV system in operation within the district, which includes Weston-Super-Mare, Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead, makes use of Fibre Optic cabling, which can be more expensive than modern installations.
Cllr Mark Canniford of North Somerset Council recently commented:
“Utilising wireless options significantly reduces running costs and makes the use of re-deployable CCTV cameras quicker and more practical whilst also providing the benefit of clearer images, more fit for evidential purposes and detection.”
The advanced system will also offer police officers greater flexibility, allowing them to log in and view both live and recorded footage remotely.