CCTV to protect homes from criminals in up-market Cheltenham
RESIDENTS of one of Cheltenham's most up-market areas have started putting in their own CCTV cameras in a bid to protect their homes from break-ins.
At least three cameras have been installed in recent months in Rowena Cade Avenue in The Park. And it has lead to one burglar being captured red-handed.
Keiran Graham, 22, was sentenced to nine months in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and admitted to stealing a driving licence.
He was filmed on Toby Doyle's CCTV, with 20-year-old Aneurin Lockey-Pardoe, as they tried to break into the house.
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Residents said they became worried following a series of burglaries in the area over the last year.
Despite costing thousands of pounds to install, more residents in The Park have admitted they would be willing to pay to protect their homes.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he had resorted to installing CCTV because of the increasing problems with burglaries and thefts.
He installed CCTV after an attempted break- in.
He said: "Having a young family who were actually traumatised for some time after all of the incidents made us want to do something more than just an alarm system.
"Ensuring our children feel safe in their own home is our top priority. We live in a nice area and work extremely hard to have what we got."
And Corinne Saha said her car had been broken into twice.
She praised the response of police officers but said many people wanted to do more to ensure they were safe.
She said: "We get all sorts of problems with people breaking into houses and cars.
"I have thought about putting up CCTV, especially if the problem gets worse. My concern is I have got three young children to look after. The police have been quick to respond to incidents though."
Councillor Rob Garnham (C, Lansdown, Park and Warden Hill) insisted the area was safe despite residents' concerns.
He added: "Everyone has to take precaution when they are going out and we've got to support the police to make sure they are cracking down on these issues. Everyone should stay vigilant in making sure their houses are locked.
"It is important, because some of these cul-de-sacs might be overlooked."
CCTV kits can start at a couple of hundred pounds, but a more sophisticated system would cost about £2,000.