Crime cuts in Swadlincote 'partly down to CCTV'

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Cuts in crime in a Derbyshire town are being attributed, in part, to a new £50,000 CCTV system.

Figures from April to September this year show a drop of 46% in incidents of shoplifting in Swadlincote and thefts from vehicles fell by 42%.

The number of calls to the police about anti-social behaviour has also fallen by more than a third.

Councillor Bob Wheeler, who chairs the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, said the change had been noticed.

He said: "Traders and shoppers have commented on the new atmosphere in the town centre and we are confident that work done by the partnership has made a significant contribution to this."

Several projects have been introduced to cut crime and disorder in the town centre since September 2009.

CCTV cameras installed on the Delph, the High Street, Rinkway Passage, West Street, the library and Civic Way, have been in operation since July.

Additional signage has now been installed to make people aware of their presence.

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