Closed circuit television is set to go live in a rural village after a five year campaign.
And Grimsargh’s CCTV system has been possible thanks to a joint project between police, the parish council and residents.
Preston Rural North PCSO David Reid and the neighbourhood policing team based at Broughton have been pushing for CCTV cameras to be set up in Grimsargh as a deterrent against rural crime, after the village suffered an increase.
Finally, the cameras are set to become active at any moment and will be run by the neighbourhood policing team at Broughton.
Burglaries and thefts from gardens had become a particular problem in the village and David hopes the cameras will not only act as a deterrent, but also as a way of catching the people who commit the crimes.
David said: “I have been in the area for seven years now and along with the neighbourhood police I’ve been pushing to get this in place for five years. Finally now, with funding from the parish council, Grimsargh will have it’s own CCTV. We are just waiting for the data protection documents to be signed off and we are all ready to go.”
When asked how the public would take the news of CCTV cameras, David said: “I think they will be happy with it, it’s not invasive and it is there in public places to act as a deterrent.”
Kath Longworth, a long term resident of Grimsargh, said: “I think the CCTV will be a great thing for Grimsargh. I’m not doing anything wrong, so I’m glad it’s there to catch the people who are! My neighbour once had things stolen from her garden, so having the cameras will give us all piece of mind and hopefully stop it from happening again.”
Grimsargh still has one of the lowest crime rates within the Preston area and David says even though crime is very low in compared to the rest of the city, CCTV should help to make it an even more safer place to live.
He added: “We would not have been able to do this without the financial support and backing from the parish council and residents and if anyone has any questions, please contact me at Broughton on 01772 863390.”