Southend Council to debut new CCTV van this bank holiday Monday

Mick Ferris

Southend-on-Sea City Council is set to debut its new CCTV van on bank holiday Monday.

The new mobile CCTV unit is owned and operated by the council’s CCTV control room and was completely funded by a government grant secured by Essex Police on behalf of the council.

The van is equipped with four external digital cameras plus one dome camera on top. The van will also be a part of the Townlink radio network and offer the same service as the CCTV control room which includes zoom and pan capabilities that produce high quality digital images, which has obvious benefits when identifying people for prosecution purposes.

Simon Ford, head of community safety at Southend-on-Sea City Council, said: “The addition of the van will provide a more visible presence and ensure we can proactively monitor key areas across the city to help keep everyone safe, and be prepared for any incidents that may arise. It also shows how seriously the council is taking the safety and security of residents, businesses and visitors.”

Inspector David Gardiner, Essex Police and the Southend Community Policing Team, added: “This new CCTV van is a fantastic tool and will help prevent crime and antisocial behaviour across the city.”

Southend was an early adopter of CCTV and the technology went through a £2.2m upgrade in 2021 with an extra 41 digital cameras placed in new areas alongside the 165 existing cameras across the whole city.

Mick Ferris

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