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Police praise ALMO's CCTV operation

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal

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West Midlands Police have praised the work of an ALMO’s CCTV operation.

Wolverhampton Homes’ CCTV control room monitors more than 300 cameras across the city and, in its first 12 months, has helped detect and prevent a series of crimes including theft, criminal damage and fly-tipping.

The ALMO, which manages 23,500 homes on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council, staffs its control centre 24 hours a day.

Sgt Martin Hewitt, from Heath Town Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “In the past 12 months we’ve been able to make arrests and bring criminals to justice thanks to the evidence we’ve been able to get from Wolverhampton Homes’ CCTV control room.

"It’s an exceptionally useful resource and is a great example of how we’re working together to detect crime and keep our city safe."

The ALMO says that its CCTV operation has been particularly successful on high rise estates which chose to have the service.

In the past year, evidence gleaned from the cameras has helped police to make several arrests including a gang who went on a crime spree last summer, targeting 25 cars. The cameras also helped foil an attempted burglary.

But the cameras haven’t just been useful in detecting and preventing crime, they’ve also helped track down a lost child and, in one case, call an ambulance to a council tenant who’d fallen ill.

Mark Henderson, director of housing at Wolverhampton Homes, said: “Working with the police, the council and local tenants to keep the city safe is really important to us and the CCTV control room has been a huge success during its first year. It’s a great resource to have and I’m proud that we’ve been able to help the police on several occasions now and bring people to justice who otherwise may not have been found."

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