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CCTV petition launched in bid to cut crime in Burton Joyce

Residents in Burton Joyce say they want to see CCTV installed in a bid to slash crime in the village.

Residents in Burton Joyce say they want to see CCTV installed in a bid to slash crime in the village.

Local resident Lee Garland has now launched a petition calling on Gedling Borough Council to hold a consultation on installing CCTV cameras in the village.

Mr Garland said set up the petition after seeing an increase in reports of crime on the village’s Facebook page.

“Reports of crime and suspicious activity come up all the time on our Burton Joyce Facebook group, but the frequency does seem to have increased of late”, he said.

“People are worried and feel a bit helpless, but it was really a piece of video footage from a residents’ doorbell camera that spurred me to think it might be time for a petition into whether ‘proper’ CCTV might be worth installing.

A video taken from a doorbell camera was recently posted on the Burton Joyce Facebook page and showed a gang of youths with hoods up apparently going door-to-door trying vehicle door handles and van doors.

The online petition is now calling on the local authorities to install the cameras following the success of CCTV schemes in Arnold and Netherfield.

59 people have so far signed the online petition.

Figures released by Nottinghamshire Police have also revealed there has been a 10% increase in burglary in ‘Gedling, Burton Joyce and villages’ which overlaps with the Trent Valley ward, in stats released by Nottinghamshire Police.

The figures also show theft of a motor vehicle is up by 27.3%, public order offences are up 64.9% and theft from the Person is up a staggering 300%. (Stats from Nottinghamshire Police; Year to Date to 20 March 2019)

Susan Hayden was one of the people who has signed the petition.

She commented: “I’m concerned by the increase in thefts in the village and feel the CCTV would act as a deterrent.

Peter King said: “This would be a great addition to village confidence, considering the recent criminal activities. It’s a must!

A spokesman for Gedling Borough Council said: “If a consultation shows residents of Trent Valley want CCTV, we will certainly listen and see how and where a system might be appropriate.”

You can sign the petition here: http://chng.it/McxbSkk49P

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