Security boost for Ashbourne as high-tech new CCTV cameras are installed

High-definition cameras are now monitoring some of the town's busiest spots as part of a new GBP100,000 district-wide investment in CCTV. The state-of-the-art cameras, monitored and recorded from an office in the leisure centre, replace units which date from 2007. They have been fitted to four locations in the town.

The new cameras produce higher quality images, record activity on the streets more clearly at night - and are aimed at making the area safer. Swanky new apartments plan moves a step closer[1] "A spokesman for Derbyshire Dales District Council, which has installed the new cameras in Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath, said: "The project to replace old CCTV cameras dating back to 2007 started last autumn.

The Market Place in Ashbourne as seen by the town's new CCTV camera

"And now live high definition pictures are recorded in Wirksworth Town Hall, Ashbourne Leisure Centre and Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre, with broadband links in place to send the images back to the Town Hall at Matlock.

"The recordings and still images can be reproduced and used to identify individuals or incidents.

Security boost for Ashbourne as high-tech new CCTV cameras are installedA CCTV camera view of St John Street, Ashbourne

"High quality CCTV systems deter vandals and reduce reparation costs, reducing criminal investigation times and deter anti-social behaviour."

Ashbourne has two types of camera in operation, with a main unit in Shaw Croft that can pan, tilt and zoom.

Security boost for Ashbourne as high-tech new CCTV cameras are installedSecurity camera in Shaw Croft, Ashbourne

Special 180-degree lenses fitted to the other three cameras in Dig Street, St John Street and on the Market Place, allow a wide view of the streets and buildings.

The cameras have been installed by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership and record in full 25 frames per second high definition for at least 31 days, with instant review and export facilities in line with Government recommendations.

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