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700 arrests a year in South Kesteven thanks to CCTV

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Some 700 people are arrested every year after they have been caught on camera across South Kesteven.

Mark Jones, community resilience lead for South Kesteven District Council, told councillors that some 184,000 hours of activity have been recorded since the council first installed CCTV in 1997.

Today, Grantham has 41 cameras, with a new one being installed in Springfield Road. Stamford has 15, Bourne eight and the Deepings four, members of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee were told.

Annually, the 24/7 service deals with 5,000 ‘issues’, including 2,500 directly related to what is seen by CCTV staff or reported to them. Over 700 of the 2,500 CCTV matters lead to arrest, for offences including shoplifting and public order matters like drunkenness.

CCTV staff also handle out-of-hours calls, and though such calls are meant to be for emergencies, staff have dealt with calls as diverse as reports of blocked toilets, a hedgehog being stuck in a bucket, deer being seen in gardens to missing persons, weapons and the discovery of a dead body.

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