CCTV goes live in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:35 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Police and council representatives gathered in Hatfield town centre to launch the new CCTV cameras

Police and council representatives gathered in Hatfield town centre to launch the new CCTV cameras

A NEW £90,000 CCTV system to help cut crime has been launched in Hatfield. Nine CCTV cameras, which have been installed by Welwyn Hatfield Council, were officially unveiled at strategic points across the town centre today (Thursday). A 10th camera is expe

One of the nine cameras

A NEW £90,000 CCTV system to help cut crime has been launched in Hatfield.

Nine CCTV cameras, which have been installed by Welwyn Hatfield Council, were officially unveiled at strategic points across the town centre today (Thursday).

A 10th camera is expected to 'go live' before the end of December.

Council leader John Dean expressed his "delight" the system was now operational and said he hoped it would make the town centre a "safer environment" for shoppers and traders.

He added: "We made a commitment to Hatfield town centre and, despite the troubled economic times, we have been able to deliver this promise."

Pc Glenn Cook said he believed the cameras would help to reduce crime and keep people safe.

"Other town centres have had CCTV in the last 10 years and this is what we need here to help police officers as well as the public," he said.

He added: "We do still need the need the community to help and keep talking to us though."

And town centre manager Nicola Kane said she felt the cameras, which will be monitored from a 24-hour control room in St Albans, provided "excellent coverage".

The WHT also spoke to businesses in the town centre to get their views.

Vicki Blackburn is the manager of While Stocks Last, which was recently targeted by burglars.

She said she believed the cameras would make "a big difference for the better" and added: "Hopefully it will deter future thefts."

And a spokesman for Clinton Cards, which has been raided twice in the past three weeks, said: "I do feel a lot safer now.


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