State-of-the-art cameras called for to combat street crime
STATE-OF-THE-ART security cameras could be rolled out across the city in a bid to combat street crime.
Councillors have met to discuss the possibility of upgrading 20-year-old CCTV cameras in the city with new wireless cameras, or a fibre optic alternative.
The scheme is expected to cost around £400,000 and a final decision is expected to be confirmed by the cabinet next month.
CCTV cameras were instrumental in bringing to justice those involved in last year's disorder.
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A decision on renewing existing cameras, and looking at introducing mobile ones too, couldn't come soon enough according to those living in the Abbey ward.
Campaigners in the area have been calling for improved security measures in Clock Tower Park since a rape there in June. Wendy Colley, from Hucclecote, has even collected a petition of 600 signatures to present to the council.
"Anything that can be done to stop other attacks happening in future is a positive step," she said. "We have been asking for better lighting in the park since the attack but mobile security cameras would be even better.
"Everyone I have asked in the park and most of the Morrisons shoppers I spoke with in Abbeydale were all in favour of bringing in better lighting or cameras."
City councillor Andrew Gravells (Con, Abbey) said: "We need to get more roving and mobile cameras into operation so they can be moved to trouble spots," he said.
"We had a serious attack in Abbeydale recently and if we could move cameras there they would act as a deterrent."
Separately, a recent report into cameras in school changing rooms and toilets across the country revealed Severn Vale School in Quedgeley was one such school.
However, this claim has been vehemently denied by headteacher Peter Rowland.
He said: "We have never had, and never will have, cameras in our toilets or changing rooms. I seriously question the accuracy of the report."