Delight at new CCTV system for town

A state-of-the-art CCTV system has been installed across the Morpeth town area.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 8:40 pm
Updated Friday, 28th June 2019, 6:56 pm
From left, Ken Brown, Gareth Carter, Coun David Bawn, Morpeth Mayor Coun Alison Byard and Joel Plumley (Sanderson Arcade).

The town council, with support from partners, has used the latest 4K UHD technology for the camreas, which record at up to 10 times the resolution of HD.

Preparation for the initiative began in 2018 when the council worked with Northumbria Police and the Morpeth Chamber of Trade, which contributed £2,500 towards the project.

Camera locations were decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.

Coun David Bawn, Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee, said: “This is a positive move for Morpeth.

“Having top quality cameras in the right place will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist the police in carrying out quality investigations when required.”

The town council commissioned local company Alncom to install the replacement system.

Gareth Carter, director at Alncom, said: “As a local company that provides services to a number of clients in Morpeth, Alncom has a vested interest in the town so we were delighted to be given the opportunity to provide the town’s new CCTV solution.

“We have enjoyed working with Morpeth Town Council, which shares both our vision to embrace new technology and also has the foresight to understand how to deliver value for money solutions in a way that will serve the town well for the future.”

Sanderson Arcade supported the initiative by working with other stakeholders and providing access to allow the full project to go ahead.

Morpeth Chamber of Trade Chairman Ken Brown said: “The chamber is really pleased with the high quality of the new CCTV system and the protection it offers to our traders and members of the public alike.

“It’s an excellent asset to the town and a good example of organisations coming together for the common good.”

A town council spokesman added: “Technology has changed massively in recent years and upgrading the system gives the town the opportunity to install a system that will be far more effective.”