POLICE officers in Bridlington have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight crime as they take advantage of modern technology to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
Humberside Police’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) van is currently being used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in and around the Bridlington area.
The van has some of the best in surveillance equipment with cameras that have the ability to see and record activity within a 360 degree radius.
Inspector Grant Taylor from Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This a fantastic piece of equipment to use in the Bridlington area as it not only has the ability to record crime and catch criminals in the act, but it can also act as a deterrent putting people off committing crimes.
“The CCTV van has only been with us in Bridlington for approximately one month now and it is already proving a success.
“By having the van operating 24 hours a day, it is helping us reduce anti-social behaviour, shop theft and violent crime in Bridlington, as well as public order in the town centre on a night time.
“The van will be placed in and around some key hotspot areas in Bridlington at key times of the day in the aim of reducing crime in those areas.
“We look forward to continuing to make good use of the CCTV van and ultimately further reduce crime in Bridlington with its help.”
When Insp Taylor took over heading Bridlington’s neighbourhood team from Insp Colin Waddington in July, he targeted anti-social behaviour and drug dealing as two of the main issues to get tough on.
Insecure burglaries were also near the top of Insp Taylor’s hit list, at a time when they are on the increase in Bridlington and across the region as a whole.