SALISBURY CCTV: Fully operational and back to being manned

SALISBURY CCTV: Fully operational and back to being manned

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:28am 20th September 2018. (Updated at 8:06am 20th September 2018)

Volunteers are now monitoring 64 cameras around the city centre to help keep us safe.

The question of CCTV in Salisbury has been a source of frustration and debate for many.

The cameras were switched off in 2016 after Wiltshire Council sold the control room at Pennyfarthing House  to developers after being offered a "good deal" for the building.

Salisbury was promised new fibre optic cameras worth £500,000 but Wiltshire Council wanted nothing to do with running and maintaining the surveillance network.

A new deal was signed to pass responsibility for the new system to Salisbury City Council but there were several hitches leaving shop owners and residents frustrated.

The surveillance cameras were  eventually switched back on last August and have been recording footage but the control room wasn't manned.

Now with the system handed over to Salisbury Citywatch volunteers are once again monitoring the cameras, all 64 of them!

Spire FM has been given an exclusive tour of the CCTV control room at Bourne Hill to show you exactly how it works.

SPire FM's Martin Starke had a look around the control room:

 

HOW DOES SALISBURY CCTV WORK?

The CCTV operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The cameras are HD with the majority having the ability to zoom, tilt and also pan.

Wiltshire Police have used the pictures produced by it in investigations and since January 2018, there have been 142 incidents in which CCTV has been sent to them.

Earlier this month, pictures were released of Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov who are suspected to have poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Salisbury Spy Suspects Fisherton Street
The two suspects were caught on CCTV in March 

These stills were provided by the CCTV cameras from Salisbury. 

Richard Goodman, CCTV Manager, say's he hopes that the people of Salisbury will now have some confidence that the city is protected.

"A few years ago, Salisbury felt safe and secure - this is a huge step to get back to that."

Do you feel safer knowing that CCTV is back in Salisbury?
Yes
79.3%
No
14.1%
Unsure
6.5%
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