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New funding to upgrade Crawley’s camera network

Members of Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet have agreed a significant investment in the town’s public CCTV network to keep pace with the technology linking them to monitoring centres.

The current analogue circuits linking the cameras will be turned off, along with the national landline phone system, over the next two years.

The council will spend £202,191 to convert and upgrade the CCTV network to digital connections. The bulk of the investment comes from the council, with £59,300 allocated as part of the Safer Streets 5 funding allocation across Sussex.

Councillor Yasmin Khan, Cabinet member for Public Protection at Crawley Borough Council said:

"The CCTV camera network across Crawley is an important feature of how the police and council work in partnership to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. I’m pleased to be able to make this investment in the CCTV network to ensure it is able to keep up with changing technology."

There are approximately 50 cameras around the town, 15 in the town centre and the rest in neighbourhood shopping parades and parks.

Howard Hodges, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police said:

"We are pleased that cameras across the county will be upgraded to new digital cameras with better functionality. These cameras, owned by individual district and borough councils, play a crucial role in crime reduction efforts by providing valuable support to law enforcement. We recognise the importance of CCTV, and residents and visitors can be assured that the cameras will continue to be a supportive tool for improving community safety here in Sussex."

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"This funding is particularly valuable during times of financial strain nationwide, enabling councils to sustain and advance this essential work."


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