Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 1 February 2022
FOUR brand new ‘state-of-the-art’ CCTV cameras have been installed in Hinckley’s Clarendon Park, in a bid to deter crime and increase users safety inside the park.
Two of the new cameras have been installed at the basketball court, whilst the other two have been placed in the other end of the park, next to the play area.
In a statement issued to the Hinckley Free Press, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council revealed that all of the security cameras will be fully operational by March.
The decision to install the cameras was made as a part of the wider multiagency Safer Streets 3 project, which is aimed at reducing violence against women and girls.
Working with his local authority partners and Leicestershire Police, local Police and Crime Commissioner, Rupert Mathews, secured a total of £550,000 from the third round of the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund – and the cash is being invested in new safety measures at parks and open spaces across the force area.
The project will deliver 31 new CCTV cameras and street lighting in parks across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland – and it will help give officers ‘increased capabilities’ to secure evidence and catch offenders.
Last Thursday morning (27 January), Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Rupert Mathews, met with local councillor, Michael Mullaney, where they visited the park for a ‘close-up’ look of the Safer Streets-funded cameras.
Mr. Matthews, said: “These new cameras are a welcome addition to this community and will not only provide police with crucial evidence when investigating crime they will also give park users greater confidence when enjoying our green spaces.
“The Safer Streets 3 project is aimed at reducing risk and vulnerability so women and girls can go about their daily lives without fear but the benefits of the scheme go much wider than that and will increase the safety of all.
“The success of this project is down to strong partnership working and joint problem-solving. It is rewarding for the whole team to see their hard work transforming communities in this way.”
Coun. Michael Mullaney, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “I am delighted we are getting these extra CCTV Cameras as part of the Safer Streets programme.
“A topic a number of people raise in Hinckley is often feeling not safe at night.
He continued: “With Clarendon Park being a park people often walk in at night we wanted to ensure people felt safe while walking through it, an issue of concern for many residents with many women in particular feeling unsafe walking at night.
“We hope these four extra cameras in different locations in the park can give people more reassurance if they have to walk through the park late in an evening.”
The Safer Streets 3 improvements cover 18 parks across the Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland area.
It will fund improvement works to increase visibility and reduce seclusion in parks through the cutting back of undergrowth and foliage and the launch of a new safety campaign to tackle underlying attitudes and inequalities that help to foster gender-based violence.
Nationally, police and crime commissioners and local authorities received a total of £23.5 million of Safer Streets funding, on top of the £18.4m already awarded this year in the second round of the fund.