Camera to crack down on crime in Runcorn
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities
Riverside’s Lorna Hughes with resident Richard Gree
Community groups, the police and social landlord Riverside have responded to a residents’ association campaign for a security camera in Halton Brook, in a bid to cut crime in the area.
Halton Community Safety Partnership (Cheshire constabulary) and Riverside paid £5,000 each, and Halton Borough Council contributed £10,000 towards the installation of a CCTV camera at Halton Brook’s shops, to deter anti-social behaviour, making the area a safer place for residents.
Meadway has, in recent times, seen high levels of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, which has reduced since Operation Gram - a massive police drug raid last year.
Lorna Hughes, community engagement officer for Riverside, said: “Things have gone relatively quiet since the arrests of the drug dealers, when we worked closely with the police and residents to provide intelligence to support the crack-down. We don’t want to be complacent though – the installation of the camera should help to deter young people from gathering and intimidating residents.”
The camera will closely monitor the area, so that the police can respond to incidents as they occur.
Halton Brook resident, Richard Green, added: “We are really pleased to see the camera in place. The partnership work between Riverside, Cheshire Constabulary and Halton Borough Council has been instrumental in making sure that our community feels safer and more secure.”
Mark Antrobus, from Cheshire Constabulary and Halton Community Safety Partnership, added:
"This is a great example of partner agencies coming together to share funds, so that an effective CCTV system can be installed. The camera will be truly effective in making Halton Brook shops, community centre and play area a safe place to work, visit, live and play. The state of the art 360 degree camera will monitor and record activity, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year from Halton Borough Council`s control room and will be integrated into the shops, businesses and police radio communications.”