CCTV under attack for low quality footage
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 September 2013
THE majority of Mercury readers feel CCTV cameras in North Somerset are value for money - but residents in one area say its equipment desperately needs to be assessed.
North Somerset Council announced last month that it is set to review the effectiveness and value for money of its 142 surveillance cameras across the area. The system costs £300,000 to run and is monitored round the clock by staff at Weston Town Hall.
A poll carried out on www.westonmercury.co.uk revealed 64 per cent of voters think the cameras are value for money, with 21 per cent disagreeing and 14 per cent undecided.
But Mead Vale Local Action Team secretary Dave Lock says areas outside Weston have been lumped with low quality cameras and the authority needs to look into their images to see if they could benefit from an upgrade.
He described an incident where two bikes were stolen from a garage on the Worle estate, with footage captured by a camera on the corner of Nightingale Close and Mead Vale Road.
Mr Lock said: “There were images of people but the more they zoomed in the more the image pixelated because of the poor quality.
“We have asked numerous times as an LAT for a viewing of the cameras.
“We have to look into the quality. There’s no need for them to stay there, with the taxpayer paying, if they are not doing anything.”
Mr Lock would like to see the council upgrade the camera if funding can be found.
He added: “We have a lot of elderly people here and they feel a little safer with a camera.”
The review will be conducted at North Somerset Council’s next scrutiny panel meeting this month.