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DJs On CCTV

by msecadm4921

Disc jockeys Jagger and Woody are to be the first ‘voices’ of talking CCTV in Northampton.

The duo, who host Northants 96’s breakfast show, are lending their voices in support of Northampton Borough Council’s scheme to enhance the town’s CCTV system.

CCTV cameras in the town centre have been fitted with twin loudspeakers to allo operators to speak directly to offenders or play recorded warnings on cue.

Two years ago the DJs were victim of an attack that escalated into violence. Jagger said: "If it wasn’t for the fact that CCTV picked up what was going on I don’t know what would have happened to us. CCTV operators spotted what was happening and alerted the police. Had the operators been able to speak to our attackers and tell them they were being filmed and the police were on their way, who knows, perhaps the incident could have been prevented or at least prevented from being as bad as it was."

Debbie Ferguson, Northampton Borough Council community safety manager, said: "Prevention is the principal aim of the scheme. If someone is committing a crime or behaving anti-socially and they are told they are being monitored, it is likely they will stop what they are doing. It is about challenging unacceptable behaviour and making people think twice. It is not a substitute for policing and it won’t solve everything, but it is another tool we can use to help us make Northampton safer and tidier."

Acting Superintendent of the Northamptonshire West Police Area, Peter Glover, said: "We must continue to develop and refine our technologies, to take advantage of the new opportunities offered. This latest development will enhance the crime prevention potential of CCTV."

Bill Edwards, manager of the Northampton Safer Stronger Communities Partnership, added his support: "Three years ago the partnership invested in a sound system in car parks that saw recorded messages being played intermittently throughout the day reminding people about keeping their vehicles locked and possessions safe. This resulted in a significant reduction in vehicle crime and so we are therefore confident that talking CCTV will have a similar, positive impact on preventing crime and anti social behaviour."

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