Deterrent needed to help town after police station closure
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2014
SECURITY cameras may become more important when Weston's police station closes, as the 'violent' town needs a deterrent - according to councillors.
A review into CCTV provision around the district is being conducted by North Somerset Council and Weston’s town councillors say this week they want to find out whether the equipment offers value for money.
Members also agreed more needs to be done to prevent crime, now a decision has been taken by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to close the Walliscote Road station in an attempt to reach savings targets.
Town councillor Peter Fox said: “I feel safer with CCTV in the town but I want it to be accountable so it is secure for the future.
“Money is being watched with every service and all need to be able to prove it is having an effect.
“CCTV may become more important when the police station goes.
“Last Saturday, there was a lot of violence in town and there was no police presence at all.
“Weston is a violent place and we do need a deterrent. We need to step up some other measures.”
The police force confirmed two weeks ago a response hub will replace the current station and will be near junction 21 of the M5. It will open in 2016 or 2017.
Town council leader Peter Crew said: “The secondary reason for CCTV is catching villains but the first is to stop crime in the first place.
“We need to make sure the cameras are in the right positions. This review should reflect what we need in the town.
“We have to be careful that we do not take over responsibility of what the police should be doing. We need to maximise the area we cover to create a deterrent.
“The thought could be, because there is no police station, people can get away with something.
“The biggest deterrent is to stop the bars serving people who are already drunk.
“If you carry on serving people when they are over the top, they are not going to take any notice if there is a police officer or CCTV there. We need the licensing committee to be stronger.”