Case Study Background
Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership Ltd is a partnership between Stevenage Borough Council, East Herts District Council, Hertsmere Borough Council and North Herts District Council. They aim to reduce the fear of crime across the principal public, residential, retail, business and schools within the partnership.
The Challenge - Crime Hotspots
Stevenage Borough Council had identified several crime hotspots in and around the district. The problems were increasing in number but seemed to happen outside the catchment area of their existing fixed fibre optic CCTV system.
Stevenage Community Safety Partnership worked closely with residents to develop a strategy to reduce crimes that included abusive behaviour, violence and assaults, alcohol-related crimes, drug misuse, vandalism, vehicle crimes, fly-tipping and damage to properties.
The objective was to improve the quality of living for all Stevenage residents and reduce the fear of crime.
Stevenage Borough Council required a rapidly deployable, portable surveillance solution that could be placed in problem locations. These locations were identified by members of The Community Safety Partnership and other interested parties such as the police and housing/drug wardens.
The Solution - Vandal-Proof Redeployable CCTV
WCCTV provided Stevenage Borough Council with several portable Dome units. WCCTV’s 4G IR Speed Dome, a resilient unit that can withstand extreme weather and attempts at vandalism. Also, it offers a highly visual deterrent to any would-be offender.
WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome is a rapid-deployment video system that integrates a market-leading PTZ camera capable of delivering images up to 1080p, a wireless transmission module and local recording capability (up to 4TB) into a single, easy to install
The system is vandal-resistant and can operate in the most hazardous conditions, ensuring the continuous recording of digital evidential quality video.
Users can dial in remotely (via 4G/3G and Wi-Fi) and access live images or stored digital footage from the integral hard drive. The council can control the camera itself remotely with full pan, tilt and zoom functionality and a 360° field of vision.
The 4G IR Speed Dome has acted as a deterrent and assisted in reducing crime in targeted hotspots.
‘The Dome units really work as a deterrent; as soon as we deploy one in an identified crime hotspot, the number of incidents reduces considerably’.
"The team have been impressed not just with the quality of footage obtained from the WCCTV Domes, but also with the high standard of training, customer support and service provided.’