CCTV installed in Maple Park in Ipswich to fight crime

A new CCTV camera has been installed in the Maple Park area of ​​Ipswich in an attempt to deter crime and anti-social behavior.

The camera, which was funded from the £ 422,200 given to Ipswich Borough Council through the government’s Safer Streets Fund, will be moved between four different locations in the neighborhood.

The images will be monitored by the council’s 24-hour emergency control center.

New metal fencing and security lights are among other measures that will be introduced in Maple Park as community leaders aim to deter crime in the area.

Alasdair Ross, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community protection, had previously called for more measures to be introduced to break anti-social behavior in the region.

The camera will move around four locations in the West Ipswich area
– Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

He spoke after two members of the J Block gang, Wayne Scullion and Arnoldas Miglinas, were both jailed for drug offenses in West Ipswich.

After installing the new camera, Ross said: “New measures like this will help improve the lives of people living in the area, as not only will they reduce crime, but they will also reduce fear. of it.

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“This is just one of the many improvements we are working on as part of our Safer Streets project and we will continue to work hard as part of our Community Safety Partnership to identify and introduce measures that will help make Ipswich a safer place to live, work and study. “

Alasdair ross

Alasdair ross
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Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “It is really important that people feel safe in their homes and communities, so I am delighted to see this investment in CCTV in the region. from Maple Park to Ipswich, which will help reduce crime and fear. of crime.

“I hope this additional coverage of the existing network of CCTV cameras in our county seat, and the other crime prevention measures funded by this Safer Streets Fund, will reassure local residents and businesses in the region.

“This investment also sends a clear message to those who are tempted to commit crimes in the region that cameras are being monitored 24/7 and their actions will be recorded, which will massively help the police secure convictions. “

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