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£100,000 investment for Preston’s CCTV

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The cash is set to be invested into CCTV and other crime prevention and detection measures, including wireless cameras powered by radio transmitters.

The next stage of the project includes plans to extend the current CCTV system to areas including Winckley Square. Other technologies could also include personal address speakers, allowing camera bosses to speak directly to potential troublemakers.

The scheme, led by Preston’s Business Improvement District, follows an £85,000 upgrade to CCTV, completed earlier this year.

BID chairman John Boydell said: “Our scheme will see revolutionary new technologies embraced to ensure Preston continues to be at the forefront of public safety and with the minimal amount of disruption. “This also means that, due to the cameras being operated via a radio frequency, we can bring in temporary cameras if we needed, for instance when there is a major event taking place, which can be installed and removed with ease.”

Police have welcomed the news of the investment, while prosecutors have explained the major role CCTV has played in solving crimes across the city.