Ground breaking CCTV

January 13th, 2017 by

Ground breaking CCTV project sees local councils working with partners to reduce crime and protect vulnerable people in eight West Cornwall towns.

CCTV

A ground breaking project which involves eight West Cornwall town councils working closely with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service and Devon and Cornwall Police to use CCTV to reduce crime and anti social behaviour and protect vulnerable people in their local communities was officially launched on Monday, 19 December.

The Town Council CCTV project is the brainchild of Hayle Town Council, who, after installing cameras in their own town, approached other local councils to see if they were interested in joining the project.  As a result eight towns – Camborne, Hayle, Helston, Penzance, Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Falmouth – are now taking part in the project with a total of 80 cameras in operation within these locations.

Funded entirely by the Town Councils via council tax, the aim of this innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is to provide a safer environment for residents, local businesses and visitors in the eight towns by deterring anti-social behaviour and preventing crime.

Under a contract awarded to Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service (CFRCS), the footage from all 80 cameras is being recorded and monitored by dedicated and specially trained staff based in the service’s Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon.  The 360 degree state of the art cameras provide high quality digital images which can be used to support police prosecutions.  A link is also being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires.

As staff from the Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services, this means they can also summon immediate help for anyone they see who has been taken ill or injured in an emergency.

A special stakeholders group has been set up to oversee and manage the project and ensure that the workload is shared among the eight councils and their partners.  The group, which comprises both Members and Clerks from the Town Councils, together with representatives from the Fire and Rescue service and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be chaired by a Member from a different council each year.

This year’s Chair has been Rowenna Brock, from Falmouth Town Council. “We know that residents in these towns recognised that CCTV was an effective tool in tackling crime and anti social behaviour and wanted it to continue to be used” she said. “Many people have told us that the use of CCTV makes them feel safer in their communities.

“I am delighted we have been able to achieve this by working with the police and the fire and rescue service and I am looking forward to building on the strong partnership which has been developed.

“I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has been involved in this ground breaking project which has been nationally praised as ‘a really good model for devolution’ and demonstrates how we are ‘Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service’s Area Manager Kevin Thomas said “We are delighted to be working in conjunction with the Town Councils and consider the partnership to be an excellent example of localism and devolution.  We are very happy to be contributing to the creation and maintenance of safer communities”.

Superintendent Sara Crane, Devon and Cornwall Police Commander for West Cornwall, added that the positive action of the Town Councils in working with Community Resilience and the fire and rescue service to develop the use of CCTV in their local communities was helping to support the police in dealing more quickly with incidents of anti social behaviour.

“We have already seen positive results from the cameras which have already been installed in a number of towns” she said.

The success of the project was also recognised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez on her recent visit to Cornwall.

International Day for Disabled People – Equipment Amnesty & Family Fun Day!

January 13th, 2017 by

Earlier this month, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service working in partnership with disAbility Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and the Parent Carer Council for Cornwall, asked the public to recycle unwanted mobility aids by dropping these in to their local station. This was to support International Day for Disabled People, with the donated equipment being sent to those in urgent need.

IDDPMountains of mobility equipment and aids are dumped or left rusting in garages across the county, forgotten and unused every year. Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly visited Kenya in 2014 working with Disability Wales and ResponsABLE Assistance and saw for themselves hundreds of children and adults struggling to survive without the equipment they need. Some had no independent living aids at all and spent their lives on the floor, or, at best, had the most basic equipment which in many cases was unsuitable and unsafe, like wheelchairs which were too small or large or were missing wheels. This is preventing many disabled people from doing the most basic things such as getting to school, having a job and being part of their community. NHS equipment will be recycled within the system and all other equipment will be shipped to the Kenya Disabled People’s Organisation and schools for disabled children we work with.

Jane Johnson, Chief Executive of the charity said: “We were delighted to receive such a fantastic response to the equipment amnesty, both on the day and since, with a huge amount of equipment donated which will be put to good use by people in real need in Kenya. We’re really thankful to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for all of their support and enabling us to celebrate this day with a fantastic, well attended fun day for local families, and to the great crew who worked that day, ensuring Santa entertained us all and made it very special for all the children.”

Paul Walker Chief Fire Officer said: “This has been a fantastic partnership not only to support International Day for Disabled People but to develop relationships with our local residents and partners. I was so pleased to attend our family fun day and witness first-hand the engagement, the fun and wide range of information available from our partners promoting living well, living safe with advice and guidance providing support to our visitors. My thanks to our visitors, Disability Cornwall and our staff for a wonderful day, as well as a very successful, coordinated, equipment amnesty collection.”

Thank you to all those who have donated equipment and also who attended our Family Fun Day at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station. We had more than 500 members of the community support by attending and getting involved with many of the activities and stalls that were available from a range of partners including; Healthwatch Cornwall and Community Energy Plus.

Kim from Bodmin said: “Thank you for a brilliant day, such a great location to hold this type of event and to get all the community together. We drove down from Bodmin especially to attend and have had such a great time”.

Crime Doesn’t Respect Our Borders

January 13th, 2017 by

Project KRAKEN Regional Poster - Cornwall JPGIf you see anything suspicious about where, when or how a vessel and crew are operating report it. Call your local police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There are over 11,000 miles of British mainland coastline, and a complex network of estuaries, navigable rivers, coves, inlets, ports and harbours, all of which can be exploited by terrorists and serious criminals.

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it.

How can you help us?

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments. This could include:

  • Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.
  • Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.
  • Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
  • Attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual location.
  • Strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash.
  • People testing site security of an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs.

What should you do?

If you see unusual or suspicious activity, report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, and quote “KRAKEN”.

If you want to anonymously report your information online, visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups.

If it is an emergency, call 999.

Cornwall ASB Strategy – Consultation

January 10th, 2017 by

Safer Cornwall has just published the consultation draft of our first Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy, which is planned to come into effect in April 2017. We are now seeking the views of stakeholders, partners, elected members and the public in a variety of ways. As a partnership we want to introduce a strategic mechanism to identify and facilitate further development to address key priorities linked with ASB. It is important that we work together to exercise our responsibilities in order to protect the rights of those living, working and visiting Cornwall.

Our overarching aim is to ‘Reduce incident of anti-social behaviour through focusing on the key priority areas identified’ which include –

  • Alcohol and Drug Misuse
  • Perceptions of ASB
  • Targeted Response
  • Vulnerability
  • Young People

Due to the range of anti-social and nuisance behaviours that are defined within the existing legislative and policy framework, Safer Cornwall recognises that ASB is a cross cutting issue that impacts on all of the Safer Cornwall strategic priorities outlined in the Partnership Plan as well as the additional key themes above. Furthermore Safer Cornwall has identified five key strategic outcomes under which they will manage anti-social behaviour over the coming 3 years.

We will seek to ensure that:

  • Reoffending is reduced in the most persistent offenders through a coordinated partnership approach
  • Residents feel that the ASB issues that matter are being tackled effectively in their local area
  • Reduced impact of ASB on communities by targeting hotspot areas as they occur
  • Those at greatest risk of harm are identified and protected
  • Young people are referred and engaged at an early stage to address factors which contribute to their anti-social behaviour

The consultation period is open from 18 November 2016 – 10 February 2017.

You can read the ASB Strategy here Download PDF File

If you like to take part in the consultation please take it here  

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: