Keeping it under their hats!

PUBLISHED: 03:05 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 May 2010

POLICE officers in North Somerset are now wearing cameras on their helmets in the latest bid to tackle antisocial behaviour in the town

POLICE officers in North Somerset are now wearing cameras on their helmets in the latest bid to tackle antisocial behaviour in the town.The small cameras, which cost £1,300 each, record everything officers see when attending a crime scene or walking around on patrol.Avon and Somerset Constabulary has bought four of the stealth cameras, which have already proved successful and led to a number of prosecutions.Inspector Yan Georgiou said: "It's a deterrent. We are going to use them, particularly in the town centre to deal with the night-time economy."With domestic violence cases it can record the injuries the victim has there and then and the scene. We can use them for all sorts of means. Our main focus will be antisocial behaviour and we've already had three prosecutions to date where the evidence on the camera has been an influential factor."The new cameras are part of a massive police crackdown on antisocial behaviour. Police have bought two more mosquito alarms, which let out high frequency notes only heard by young people.One alarm is already being used in Long Ashton to help disperse groups of youngsters and two will soon be placed around hotspots in Weston.People will now be fined on the spot, rather than just let off with a warning, if they are caught committing acts of antisocial behaviour. Warning letters will also be sent to parents if youngsters are caught causing trouble, to try and prevent them from hanging out with the wrong crowds or getting involved in crime.More police will be patrolling trouble-spots during the weekends and more dispersal orders and alcohol exclusion zones will be set up. Officers will also be talking to children in schools and at youth clubs to try and prevent youngsters from becoming involved in crime.

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