Milton Keynes

MyMiltonKeynes supports installation of new CCTV network as part of Safer Streets Project

MyMiltonKeynes supports installation of new CCTV network as part of Safer Streets Project

Streets Project.

The CCTV cameras are monitoring key areas of the city, which have been identified by MyMiltonKeynes ambassadors as crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots, following a comprehensive audit and cross reference of a Thames Valley Police crime heat map.

To date, nine of the 11 cameras, funded by MK City Council’s Safer Streets Project, have been installed. The remaining two, which have been exclusively funded by MyMiltonKeynes, are set to be placed within the BID area to provide maximum coverage and impact while deterring criminal activity.

Part of MyMiltonKeynes’ My Safe City initiative, to increase safety and reduce crime within central Milton Keynes, the installation of the CCTV cameras also marks the BID’s contribution towards MK City Council’s Safer Streets Project.

Following government funding last year, MK City Council is working with partners across the city to deliver the Safer Streets Project, which will see a new ‘Safe Route’ formed across the city with upgrades to pedestrian areas and lighting in and around underpasses.

Melanie Beck MBE, Chief Executive at MyMiltonKeynes said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with MK City Council to deliver the Safer Streets Project. One of the key concerns of our My Safe City initiative was the need for a fully functioning and connected CCTV system across the BID area. Our ambassadors have significantly contributed to the delivery of this system, ensuring each camera is placed in an area that will have maximum impact.”

Covering areas including Xscape, 12th Street, Exchange Square, Station Square and sections of Midsummer Boulevard, the CCTV cameras are also monitoring overground bridges that are on the outskirts of the BID area.

This new network will form a baseline system which can be added to, and plans are already in place for an additional two cameras to cover the north of the city.

Melanie concludes: “For some time, the BID has been pushing for enhanced CCTV camera coverage and this new network will play a vital role in helping us to continue to deliver a safer, cleaner, better connected, smarter and more vibrant city centre for all.”

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