A temporary CCTV camera used to combat high levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB) around the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke has been removed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) after being in operation for just over six months.
The camera’s installation, which took place on 18th June 2019, was requested by the local police team to support the prevention and detection of ASB and to assist in the identification of anyone taking part in such activities. The move was supported by the police neighbourhood inspector and the council’s ASB and community safety team leader.
On 18th September 2019, the need for the camera’s continued presence was reviewed and a request was received from the police for the camera to remain to cover the busy Halloween and Firework night period. The police stated that they had historically had issues in the area during these periods and the camera’s presence provided reassurance to the general public. As a result of this, it was agreed that the camera would remain in situ and be further reviewed once this period had passed.
The CCTV camera was subsequently removed on Wednesday 27th November 2019.
An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:
“The decision to remove the camera was made between the council’s ASB team and the police, based on the evidence showing a drop in incidents and no further justification for its continued presence.”
A response to an enquiry asking for a log of incidents for which footage from the Savages Wood Road camera was requested stated:
“During the camera’s deployment, the council received a total of 12 requests from either the general public or the police to review CCTV footage. These reports consisted of three noise disturbances, six mopeds being driven on the cycle path, two assaults and one burglary. All of these incidents were reviewed on CCTV and, where necessary, the footage was extracted and supplied to the police to assist with their enquires.”
• You can report ASB by phoning 101 or via the Avon and Somerset Police website (www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report).
A “spike” in anti-social behaviour occurred in Bradley Stoke in April and May 2019 (not specifically related to the Savages Wood Road location). As previously reported, a working group of local agencies was formed to address it proactively.
This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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