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New CCTV cameras to create Safe Zone Areas in Spalding

Posted on 20 September 2022

New high-tech CCTV cameras in are due to installed in Spalding in 18 key spots this week following a successful bid for Central Government's Safer Streets Funding earlier this year.

Spalding will be the first of three locations across the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership sub-region to receive the new cameras, with Boston and Skegness installation to follow.

With the whole project due to cost £400,000, the pre-existing CCTV cameras will be replaced by new high-tech versions which use innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technology. This technology will help South Holland District Council's Community Safety team and Lincolnshire Police to locate vulnerable individuals using clothing descriptions or vehicle types automatically, without the need for a manual search.

The project aims to deter crime in the town and make those who visit feel safer, particularly women and young girls, who according to the Office of National Statistics feel more unsafe when walking alone after dark than men and also fear being a victim of crime more than men.

The bid comes after the Police and Crime Commissioner's Lincolnshire Youth Commission engaged with over 1000 young people and identified sexual assaults or street harassment as the biggest threats to their safety.

Street harassment and stalking has also been directly raised as an issue at public engagement events undertaken by the OPCC Safer Together Team in Spalding, Boston and Skegness.

The new CCTV Cameras will help create a "safe zone area" in Spalding, allowing people to move safely from night clubs and pubs to transport links and taxi ranks.

Councillor Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities said "I'm pleased that these new cameras are coming to Spalding. They will benefit not only our local residents, but local businesses too offering a safer environment to those who want to visit the town in the evenings and at night.

"I welcome these improvements to Spalding's security and crime prevention and I know many local people will too."

Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner said "It's great to see that we're installing these new and improved CCTV cameras in Spalding this week. They showcase our efforts to make the streets of Lincolnshire safer for all, but especially women and young girls.

"The new cameras and the creation of 'safe zone areas' will not only act as a preventative measure to deter criminals, but will save valuable time in getting to important evidence and increase the risk of detection, capture and conviction through the new AI technology.

"I look forward to seeing these cameras being installed in Boston and Skegness later on this year and early next year."