More CCTV cameras will be installed in bid to 'make Kettering safer'

They'll be installed in the All Saints area

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:52 am
More CCTV will be installed

Fifteen new CCTV cameras will be installed in Kettering as part of a major investment to 'make the town' safer and deter crime.

The cameras, which will be put in place in the All Saints area of the town, will extend the existing coverage after £150,000 in funding from police, fire and crime commissioner Stephen Mold's Safer Streets project.

They include six new cameras near the Pleasure Park, with more being placed at North Park, Mill Road Park, Mill Road, Knibb Street, Rockingham Road and Wood Street.

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Footage from the cameras will provide support to the police in investigating crime and it is hoped that the extended camera network will also deter criminal and anti-social behaviour and help the community to be, and feel safer.

The funding from comes after investment in recent years from Kettering Council to upgrade the network.

Mr Mold said: “I am delighted to have been able to fund these projects, which will really contribute to making these areas feel much safer for residents.

"Extending and improving the CCTV coverage of the town centre will enhance these public spaces and will assist in deterring anti-social behaviour and crime.

"Our Safer Streets funding has allowed us to invest in what are physical and visible improvements for residents, and it has been great to have been able to work with the borough council to make these communities safer.”

The commissioner’s office successfully bid for funding from the Home Office to carry out crime prevention projects in Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton. About £280,000 from the total grant of £1.4m that the commissioner received is being spent to make homes and the environment in Kettering more secure.

This funding package has also ensured that more than 60 homes in the All Saints area have either already received or will soon get a Ring doorbell system installed, allowing homeowners to see who is knocking at their door.

Home security packages have also been sent to 139 homes, each of which is worth £100 and includes tools to help fight against vehicle crime and bike theft.

Cllr Lesley Thurland, deputy leader at Kettering Council and a councillor for Kettering’s All Saints ward, said: “I am delighted that 15 new CCTV cameras are being installed in Kettering town centre alongside other crime prevention initiatives taking place across Kettering.

"This is a great example of a positive partnership between the Northamptonshire police, fire and crime commissioner and the council to deter and detect criminal and anti-social behaviour and to help our residents feel safer and more secure.”

And Cllr Keli Watts, of Kettering’s William Knibb ward, added: “The installation of these new CCTV cameras is good news for the area.

"I am keen to ensure that we continue to work in close partnership with the Northamptonshire police, fire and crime commissioner so that we maintain a proactive stance on fighting crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Work is due to start imminently for installing the cameras, while posts have already been installed and trenches have been dug for the power cables, with the work expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Extra CCTV cameras have also been installed in Wellingborough, while Northampton will also get additional cameras in the coming weeks.