CCTV to be installed across Redbridge in November to combat 'police cuts'
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 September 2018
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Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed across the borough in November.
Redbridge’s Labour Administration announced on Monday (September 10) they are on track to deliver on their election promise of a £1.5m investment into CCTV.
The political party said the installation of the technology was in response to the rising crime in Redbridge which was brought on by “£1billion of Conservative government police cuts”.
It is working with the Mayor of London and police to ensure appropriate policing resources are available in Redbridge.
Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We are on course for implementation in October/November and will also see an upgrading of existing cameras and infrastructure, plus new ANPR and new re-deployable cameras.
“We are driving down costs all the time so we are increasing the number of new cameras continually.”
He added that the council has been working with police and residents to determine the best locations to deploy the cameras.
Conservative group leader, Councillor Linda Huggett said it is not accurate to blame police funding on central government cuts and decisions about frontline policy and how resources are best deployed are made by chief constables and democratically accountable police commissioners.
“Sadiq Khan visited Redbridge in February this year and stood beside, Cllr Jas Athwal and the two MPs for Ilford and pledged to fight the rise of crime by supplying 1,000 more new officers across the capital,” she said,
“Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London is accountable to the London public for police performance and is empowered to raise the police precept for the Met by around £43million.
“The Met is due to receive £2.5billion in direct resource funding in 2018-2019 of which £1.9billion is government funding and £634 million from the precept if he maximizes this -The Met also has £240 million in reserves.
Cllr Huggett said Redbridge residents deserve more from the mayor.
“What is more accurate is that Sadiq Khan has failed to use the resources that he has available to prevent the rise in violent and knife crime across the capital despite his repeated promises to deal with these issues,” she added.
“Our Redbridge residents deserve better - they want action not just words.”