CCTV cameras in Chichester to be upgraded
Money is being invested by Chichester District Council to upgrade the CCTV cameras in Chichester city centre to a wireless system to continue helping keep the public safe.
At their meeting on Tuesday 10 October, Chichester District councillors agreed to release £115,000 for the upgrade. The project would also include purchasing some re-deployable cameras, which can be moved around the city easily if a 'hot-spot' area is identified.
"CCTV is a crucial part of our work to help make residents, visitors and workers to our wonderful city feel safe, but unfortunately the service is now outdated and has not kept pace with advances in technology," explains Councillor Tracie Bangert, the council's Cabinet Member for Communities. "This investment will enable us to streamline the service and carry out a thorough upgrade. A wireless system will provide us and the police with better quality images and will be more accessible to the partners who use the service.
"The re-deployable cameras which we plan to get will give us the flexibility to respond to any hot spot areas should they arise. This upgrade will ensure that the system is fit for purpose and is technologically sound."
Work on the upgrade will start next April and the cameras will continue to be monitored by Sussex Police which has carried out this function since 2021. A total of 27 cameras will be in operation across the city centre and more outlying areas of the district.
Date of Release: 10 October 2023