Council delivers on its pledge to install high-tech ANPR cameras

Published: 18 December 2018

Redbridge Council has begun installing high-tech number plate recognition cameras, delivering on its pledge to improve safety and tackle crime.

The £1.5million project to catch criminals got underway last week with 18 cameras going live.

A total of 41 Automatic Number Plate Registration (ANPR) cameras will be installed over the coming days followed by 14 digital display boards showing car registrations as you enter the borough.

This latest crime-fighting initiative from the council received overwhelming support in a recent public consultation, with over 96 per cent in favour of more ANPR cameras.

The council has been working with the police to determine the total number of cameras needed and their location.

The council’s CCTV system is also undergoing a digital upgrade ensuring cameras get the best evidence to catch criminals.

Council Leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “I’m delighted that we are delivering on my Administration’s election pledge to install new high-tech CCTV and ANPR, creating a ‘ring of steel’ around the borough.  These cameras will improve safety and help tackle all forms of crime, including environmental crime such as fly-tipping.  The technology means police can stop and intercept a vehicle, check for evidence and make arrests.  The use of ANPR has proved to be a useful deterrent in other boroughs and very helpful in the detection of offences, where they occur.  We all know that council and police resources are limited after endless government cuts but we will not let this prevent us from serving the residents of Redbridge and providing the services they deserve.”

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