Town Centre CCTV System
Melton Borough Council in partnership with the Safer Melton Partnership (SMP) runs a state of the art digital Closed Circuit TeleVision system. Having been intitally installed in 1996, it has been progressively updated to ensure it remains fit for purpose.
All CCTV systems are highly regulated and Melton maintains it's own Code of Practice in line with national legislation and guidelines.
Melton's system is run by Melton Borough Council and our operational partner, Leicestershire Police, who staff the system with Community Volunteers. Cameras are strategically located around Melton’s town centre but also include the Cattle market site as well as a camera on Dieppe Way and Staveley Road. The camera network is recording 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The system is used to help provide a safer environment for everyone by:
- Helping reduce the fear of crime
- Helping to deter crime
- Helping to detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings
- Assisting in the overall management of Melton Mowbray Town Centre
- Enhancing community safety and governance, assisting in developing the economic wellbeing of the Melton Mowbray area and encourage greater use of the town centre
- Assisting the Local Authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions within the Melton Mowbray area
- Assisting in Traffic Management
In maintaining close links to the Police, the Melton Borough Council CCTV system is part of an integrated approach to incidents and events in the town. This approach has led to higher crime detection rates adied by the CCTV system. It has also acted as a significant deterrent to those wishing to act in an anti-social manner in the town centre.
CCTV has proved itself in recent years to be a powerful weapon in the continuing fight against crime, particularly when integrated with other crime reduction methods such as the retail SMART (fightingh retail theft) and PubWatch schemes. Melton Borough Council and Leicestershire Police are of the view that CCTV diminishes incidents of crime and public disorder where it is either in place or will subsequently be introduced.