Two temporary cameras will be installed in Purley and Croydon town centre to help monitor antisocial behaviour, street drinking, drug taking and fly-tipping.
The council’s antisocial behaviour team and Croydon police requested* a camera be moved to Old Lodge Lane, in Purley following reports of drug taking and harassment of local shop staff.
Fly-tipping, excessive domestic waste, vermin, car racing and fighting were also raised as concerns, as well as ball games being played in the roads, which were damaging residents’ vehicles and holding up bus routes.
The Charles Street camera was requested after local residents and Q-Park car park owners complained about the inconsiderate parking of cars by the car park, which has caused drivers difficulty entering and leaving due to parked cars blocking the entrances and exits. Complaints have also be made about noise from customers of nearby venues.
Croydon residents affected by crime and antisocial behaviour can make a request for temporary cameras via their local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which is then considered by a Joint Agency Group, which includes the police, fire brigade, health service and voluntary groups.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“We are resolved to tackle this type of antisocial behaviour and it’s really positive that residents are working with the council and police to highlight areas of concern.
“The cameras will help us monitor the problems, which will inform the best action to take to prevent this antisocial and criminal behaviour blighting the lives of others.”
The cameras will be deployed mid-November for an initial three-month period. After this time the position of the cameras will be reviewed and deployment extended or terminated accordingly.
Other temporary cameras are currently located in London Road, Oakfield Road, North End, Poplar Road, The Queen’s Gardens and College Green.
The cameras are monitoring a range of concerns, from antisocial behaviour to street drinking and drug taking.
Any CCTV footage of evidential value is given to police and council enforcement teams. Unused footage is deleted after 31 days.