Posted: 26.03.21 at 13:23 by Joseph Macey
New CCTV cameras have been installed at one of the busiest car parks in Truro in a bid to deter and improve our response to antisocial behaviour in the area.
Cornwall Council’s Parking Services Team have invested in new 360-degree cameras at Moorfield Car Park.
The cameras are managed and monitored by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service at the Critical Control Centre ensuring relevant information is passed onto Devon and Cornwall Police.
Truro Safe, which is a multi-agency partnership working together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the city, proposed that the new cameras were installed.
Councillor Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Truro is a safe city but like all other major towns in Cornwall, there are some incidents of antisocial behaviour.
“We work really closely with our partner agencies to tackle this issue. These cameras will provide a deterrent to groups those who congregating in the car park and will hopefully give some reassurance to residents.”
Truro Police Michelle Thompson Neighbourhood Team Leader said: “A lot of work is being done in Truro to address some of the issues that have arisen during the recent lockdown.
“This investment is a big step forward in tackling antisocial behaviour in this particular part of the city.
“We have also increased police patrols in recent weeks and working with our partner agencies, we will continue to monitor the situation and look at ways we can tackle this issue.”
Cllr Biscoe and Truro Mayor said: “Moorfield is Truro's most central car park. It serves the business district of Lemon Street as much as the retail and services neighbourhood around Victoria Square, River Street and Boscawen Street. It has become a recurring flashpoint for anti-social behaviour which affects the experience that customers, workers, visitors and residents have of the town. Good quality CCTV, including monitoring, is essential to support re-opening businesses to get going and tackle the challenging legacy of COVID. Very welcome indeed.”
Residents and visitors are urged to report incidents of antisocial behaviour and to not assume others will do so. Reporting through the correct channels ensures the relevant agencies can respond accordingly.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to report any incidents of crime and disorder by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 (non-emergency). Alternatively you can email [email protected]