Cameras help tackle anti social behaviour

Councillor Sally Haydon (Centre) with Plymouth Community Homes staff.

Levels of anti-social behaviour have fallen in a city neighbourhood after CCTV cameras were installed.

Footage from the cameras around Whitleigh Green has been used by housing association Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and the police to crack down on crime locally.

PCH and Plymouth City Council have jointly paid for the cameras, which were installed after requests from residents for them.

PCH Housing Officer Kristina Browning said: “We had a lot of issues at the rear of the shops with flytipping but we’ve managed to address these thanks to the CCTV.

“The police have also viewed footage and solved some crimes because of it. Somebody was making hoax 999 calls from the phone box on the green and they were caught after police viewed the footage.”

Councillor Sally Haydon, Plymouth City Council Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said:  “We are delivering on one of our key pledges to invest in more CCTV outside of the city centre.

“We know that CCTV is really valuable in helping to make our communities feel safer and we do not take issues of anti-social behaviour, such as making hoax calls, lightly in Plymouth. I am very pleased that this has been a success.”