Posted on 24th July 2013
Investment in a CCTV camera at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens is already paying off by helping to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
Police seized alcohol from a large group of youths who had gathered in the car park on two occasions during the late evening of Saturday, July 6, following reports from the camera monitoring teams.
The camera is part of High Peak Borough Council’s public CCTV system, which is monitored 24 hours a day by dedicated staff. In the most recent incident, the monitoring officer spotted some of the group of around 30 underage youths drinking and reported it to police.
Police attended for a second time after continued monitoring revealed more youths arriving and bringing alcohol with them.
Councillor Anthony Mckeown, executive member for communities, said: "Incidents like this really show the value of our investment in CCTV and of the partnership working we have with the police.
"Whilst youths gathering does not always mean an issue, the presence of alcohol meant that left unchecked it could lead to anti-social behaviour or even more serious incidents and I hope this sends out a message of reassurance to the residents living close to Pavilion Gardens and the wider communities within High Peak and that we do monitor the cameras and will take action to address issues as they arise."
Sergeant Russ Barlow, who leads Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Having the CCTV cameras in place gives us an extra way to monitor anti-social behaviour and crime in our neighbourhood and it has already proved its worth.
"We also rely on information from members of the public so if you see something suspicious, please call us immediately on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
"Those early alerts, together with the CCTV, will give us the chance to continue cracking down on these problems so that the Pavilion Gardens can be enjoyed safely."