Investigations by the Scottish Conservative council have revealed that the council’s current stock of six deployable CCTV cameras are not fit for purpose.
After the current cameras that Stirling Council have were purchased it was then discovered that only around 15% of the entire lamppost stock in use in the Stirling Council area are capable of being compatible with the cameras. This is a very small percentage when looking to cover specific areas where it would be useful to deploy cameras, limiting the usefulness of the current stock of cameras.
This means that the cameras couldn’t be deployed in areas such as the Laighhills, or the “Royals” area in Dunblane that have both experienced significant anti-social behavioural issues recently.
The SNP led administration is due to provide the Safer Communities service with funding to allow the cameras to be replaced with approximately five more suitable cameras in the first half of 2019. At the October council meeting the Conservative group put forward a motion that would have allowed the service to have immediately purchased around 10 re-deployable cameras that are as flexible a resource as the Safer Communities team needs. This would have included properly re-deployable HD CCTV cameras, rapid deploy cameras and cameras that can be used in other settings such as tunnels, underpasses and buildings.
Dunblane Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Given the anti-social problems faced by many communities throughout the Stirling area it is vital that the council has a supply of CCTV cameras that can be deployed where needed now and not have to wait until 2019. I am disappointed that the administration disagrees with this and believes that it is correct to wait until 2019 for a handful of cameras.”