NEW CCTV being installed in the Hillfields area of Coventry should be in place before the end of the month.
The 15 security cameras will be put up in key locations, including on busy roads and in crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots and in places where there was previously no camera coverage.
The cost of the CCTV network, plus adaptation of lampposts and installation, is £170,000 which is coming from a national Safer Streets scheme aimed at providing funding for community and crime prevention schemes.
Officers from the St Michaels Neighbourhood Police Team 3 consulted local residents on what improvements they would like to see and then pitched their funding proposal to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The PCC’s office prepared and submitted a detailed bid to the Government and it saw them land a cheque for more than half-a-million pounds awarded.
More of the Safer Streets money will be spent in Hillfields on improved lighting and supplying residents with home security packs and it has also funded the newly-painted children’s play area in Hillfields Square. That saw games – such as a scooter track, hop scotch, board games and mazes – painted on the floor.
Insp Simon Finney from the St Michaels Neighbourhood Team, said it was part of an investment package aimed at making Hillfields a safer, pleasant place to be.
“The cameras have been placed in areas with the highest footfall, including parts with a big student population, and are there to help keep people safe.”
West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, said: “This funding will help make the streets of Hillfields safer as new crime prevention measures are put in place.
“Ensuring that our communities feel safe where they live and work is key which is why we are ensuring that the new CCTV cameras are in the areas which need them most.
“I have seen how the Safer Streets Fund has helped us transform Hillfields square and the CCTV cameras will continue my commitment to make improvements to the area.”