A massive £99,000 is to be invested to bring Hambleton’s security cameras up to date.
District Councillors have released cash to upgrade the control room equipment used by the CCTV cameras which monitor the market towns of Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale and Stokesley.
It will bring the out of date analogue system up to digital standard and improve the quality of the recordings used by the police.
The CCTV control room was relocated to the Civic Centre in Northallerton from the Police Control Room in 2002 – bringing with it the original 1995 control room equipment. Since that time the system has not been updated.
“This is great news for Hambleton residents – at a time when many councils across the country are pulling the plug on CCTV systems we are investing in it,” said Council Leader, Councillor Neville Huxtable.
“The safety of our residents is paramount. It is a valuable asset to our market towns, particularly in the markets and car parks. And through this investment we can bring it bang up to date and help the police be more effective.”
There are 25 cameras in Northallerton, 11 in Thirsk, three in Bedale and five in Stokesley. There is also a system of mobile units which can be deployed to hotspots for short term surveillance.