A new CCTV camera has gone live on Comberton Hill in Kidderminster. The camera was installed by Wyre Forest District Council after a campaign by local traders.
The camera has been funded thanks to grants from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (formerly Wyre Forest Community Safety Partnership).
County Councillors Fran Oborski and Nathan Desmond also contributed £1,000 each from their divisional funds towards the equipment.
The camera has been incorporated into Wyre Forest District Council’s existing CCTV scheme, which is monitored 24 hours a day. The authority will pay for the ongoing monitoring and maintenance costs.
Linda Collis, Director of Community Well-being and Environment for Wyre Forest District Council said:
“Businesses have been campaigning for CCTV on Comberton Hill and we are delighted that it is now up and running. The Community Safety Team has worked hard to get the camera in place and we had very positive feedback from residents and businesses when we explained the plans to them. We hope it will deter any anti-social behaviour in the area and reduce fear of crime.”
West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore said:
"I'm pleased that this project is now getting off the ground, and hopefully it will be a local contribution to our aims across West Mercia of reducing crime and reducing harm to people.
"We believe that CCTV is a good way of protecting society. Not only is it a 'presence', but it also gives people a feeling that they're safe in the community where they live."