Old CCTV ‘won’t just be switched back on’

By Chris Betteley in Crime

CEREDIGION will have to wait to find out whether funding will be received to reinstall CCTV in the county as part of a tax rise in the Dyfed-Powys police precept.

It was reported in the Cambrian News last month that CCTV could be set to return to Ceredigion, three years after the system was mothballed by the council in a cost-cutting move despite vehement opposition, after Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said he is raising the amount of money collected by police from the council tax to “move ahead” with his plans to “reinvest in CCTV”.

The county’s 23 cameras, in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Cardigan, Lampeter, New Quay and Tregaron, were switched off and left unmonitored in April 2014 to save Ceredigion council £150,000 a year.

While the move was welcomed by local councillors, the commissioner has announced early reviews on implementing CCTV will begin in Carmarthenshire before Ceredigion, Powys and Pembrokeshire are looked at.

Mr Llywelyn said: “I am delighted that one of my key priorities for delivery is under way and I look forward to the force-wide review of CCTV across all counties being progressed.

“I do not intend to simply switch the old cameras back on, but instead look to see which areas will most benefit from CCTV."

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Glyn Williams · 164 days ago · Report

Dyfed Powys PCC Dafydd Llewelyn should pop up to Anglesey and see what they have done to bring back CCTV to their 5 main towns, exceptional forsight!

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