Suffolk towns awarded grant for CCTV upgrade

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Babergh District Council has now agreed to fund CCTV upgrades for Suffolk-based towns Hadleigh and Sudbury, representing a £180,000 security investment.

The network of closed-circuit television cameras currently operating in the area dates back to the year 2000 and includes seven located in Hadleigh and another 17 across Sudbury. The outdated equipment will now be released in a largescale overhaul for the system. The new project working in association with the Suffolk Constabulary, will start with a short-term upgrade involving both wireless and analogue cameras costing £43,000, and will be completed within months.

Businesses planning a CCTV installation in Chester, Sudbury and other parts of the country should ensure all work is completed by a certified professional.

The second phase of the project will take approximately 18 months to put in place. The remainder of the funds will be spent setting up a modern wireless network that will connect all cameras deployed to a control centre situated in West Suffolk, offering around-the-clock monitoring.

Cabinet Member for Babergh District Council, Derek Davis, commented:

“The decision made today provides peace of mind to residents that we are doing all we can to keep their towns safer.”

The council has stated that the new set-up will allow additional cameras to be added as and when needed, including more flexible temporary equipment as needs arise. It also added that the modernised system would be less expensive to run with reduced costs of cable and minor maintenance able to be conducted wirelessly.

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