Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Visible boost to tackling disorder in Chapeltown

Locals in Chapeltown will be able to see a new way of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour on the streets of Chapeltown from this week.

CCTV cameras have now been installed in three locations in Chapeltown following an analysis of crime trends, public complaints and talks with Chapeltown residents.

Following a reduction in crime in places such as Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe from the introduction of CCTV cameras, it was decided this was the right option to ensure significant reductions in crime in Chapeltown.

Cameras are being installed at Savile Drive / Savile Avenue junction, Nassau Place / Grange View junction and Nassau Place / Hamilton Avenue junction.

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All media are invited to a media opportunity at one of the new CCTV sites at Saville Drive on Wednesday 22 August at 1pm with Cllr Peter Gruen, Cllr Gulam Hussein Area Committee chair, and representatives from theLeeds Anti Social Behaviour Team and West Yorkshire Police.

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The installation of CCTV cameras is a joint effort from Leeds City Council’s environment and neighbourhoods team, Inner North East Area Committee, West Yorkshire Police and East North East Homes Leeds.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Deputy Leader and Executive member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services said:

“Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable in our communities and our priority is to reduce crime and disorder to ensure people feel safe and happy in their communities.”

“Working with residents has been a key part of this process and with their involvement we’ve been able to place CCTV cameras where they feel they are needed most.”

“It is not simply a case that we are installing these cameras in isolation. We are also reaching out and educating those who have either been involved in disorder or been the victim of it.”

Inspector Matt Davison for the North East Leeds Division said:

"We are more than happy to support this project and it is yet another example of partners working together and bringing positive results for the benefit of the local community.

"CCTV is an important crime fighting tool as it not only serves to discourage crime and anti social behaviour from happening but also helps to provide evidence to bring offenders to justice when it does."

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk