THE installation of crime fighting CCTV camera have helped a village become one of the ‘success stories of South Derbyshire’.
The area’s top cop, section inspector Nigel Lidsey (pictured), heaped praise on the system in Melbourne after it saw crime levels and incidents of antisocial behaviour plummet since they were first put into place in 2013.
Crime was down as much as 65 per cent in some areas with figures continuing to fall at the start of 2014.
However, Insp Lidsey revealed that, despite the good news, ‘hardwork’ was still needed to ensure that the area continues to stay safe for visitors and residents.
He said: “It really is pleasing to see that the CCTV cameras have had such an impact and made Melbourne one of the success stories of the area.
“There has been a marked reduction in levels of antisocial behaviour and crime numbers since they were put in place following work between people in the area, the police and other agencies.
“But, this does not mean that our work just stops.
“We now make sure we keep a close eye on the village and make sure problems do not arise again in the future.
“It shows that when problems arise we do act and that the solutions that we put in place are working.
“In terms of the CCTV, it offers people the chance to feel safe, that they always have someone looking out for them even if a police officer is not about.
“We do not want people to feel like they are always being watched but want them to fell like they are safe as they possibly can be.”
“I am not saying that the area is crime free but it has improved greatly and we want to this continue.”
The camera has been up and running for around six months and has yielded several positive results.
It has allowed police to disperse groups of youths as well as deal with youngsters causing trouble in Lothian Gardens.