Bolsover District Council’s Community Action Network Van has recently been updated with brand new CCTV technology to help in the fight against crime and disorder across the district.
The new provisions incorporate two new cameras, one mounted to view the front of the vehicle and one covering all 360 degrees from the rear with a Predator high visibility camera which incorporates a white light provision.
Images from the cameras are relayed to an internal screen which is monitored by an operator who controls movement of the roof camera via a joystick enabling 360 degree coverage on rotation, tilt and zoom.
The white light provision on the 360 degree illuminates the area the camera is focusing on to the same level as daylight, so it can also monitor areas in complete darkness.
This facility will not only act to deter people who may be engaged in criminal or anti-social behaviour, but also improves the quality of the images for subsequent consideration and possible use as evidence.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, said: “The CCTV van is well recognised and with the new provisions, particularly with the Predator camera and its quality reproduction, represents a significant step forward in promoting community safety across the district.”
The vehicle is clearly labelled with a CCTV camera image so that people know they may well be recorded on camera if the need arises. On a number of occasions the mere presence of the vehicle has not only dispersed individuals and groups, but often deterred people and affected the way that they have behaved, according to the council.
Councillor Murray-Carr added: “The CCTV acts as a great deterrent and will help us promote community confidence in tackling crime and disorder along with the Police and all other related agencies.”