CCTV cameras alone are not enough

Darren Thickett who wants CCTV in Waterloo Road.
Darren Thickett who wants CCTV in Waterloo Road.
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Business owners who have spent thousands on security measures have said they need more support to protect their properties.

Calls for support from the council and police follow a North Shore business’s plea for CCTV in Devonshire Road after a vandal attack.

CCTV camera

CCTV camera

Adrian Courtney-Massey spent £1,000 on four cameras to protect his business, Spartan Sunbeds, in Dickson Road, Blackpool after his windows were smashed, but said better street lighting was also needed.

He said: “The cameras cost me money but unfortunately unless police can see offenders committing the actual crime they can’t do anything.

“A lot of it seems to have happened since they changed the street lighting. Better lighting would be the best thing.”

Darren Thickett from Dolls Houses Are Us shop in Waterloo Road, added: “The CCTV doesn’t cover the area where my shop is, it doesn’t cover the whole area. We need more bobbies on the beat.”

Eddie Collett, cabinet member for street safety,said: “The way businesses can help themselves is by talking to their beat bobby who will give them good advice. And if they report issues then we will tackle them.”

He added: “A lot of it seems to have happened since they changed the street lighting. Better lighting would be the best thing.”

Mr Courtney-Massey, who has owned his business for 15 years, said he and others in the area have had problems with people smashing shop windows for years.

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