Monday, 14 June 2021

Montrose Ave/Close Watch Residents are praised for great start…


Montrose Ave/Close Watch residents are being praised for showing how important their community is to them. Since launching the Watch’s CCTV register on 1 June 2021 over 20 responses have already been received from householders wishing to join the community-based scheme.

The new CCTV register, which is already successfully operating in Bexley will help Montrose Ave/Close Watch in their daily liaison with East Wickham Police while also contributing towards preventing crime in the area.

The system doesn’t involve live access to people’s CCTV. The register enables a quick way to identify where CCTV is situated across the town, potentially saving hours of footwork by the police in the event of investigating an incident.

We are encouraged with the prompt response from residents across our streets and community. However, we need to get the message out there because we believe there are many more properties with CCTV and we’d like them to consider joining and signing up to the register.

“The added benefit of getting householders signed up is it sends out a strong message that Montrose Ave/Close is not a good destination for those that are considering committing a crime such as a burglary, theft, car theft and criminal damage. The scheme has the potential to demonstrate the community is taking a unified and team approach to preventing crime and detecting offenders.”

The CCTV register is securely stored and managed and meets GDPR requirements. Any householder that has CCTV and would like to join the scheme can do so by emailing their name, address, email and ideally their telephone number to the local coordinator in Montrose Ave/Close where the trial began.

More details about the newly launched scheme can be accessed here:

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