South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway CCTV upgrade on horizon

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Image caption The investment would see new cameras installed across Dumfries and Galloway

An investment of just over £500,000 is poised to be agreed to upgrade the network of CCTV cameras across Dumfries and Galloway.

The project would include the construction of a new centralised monitoring facility.

It would be financed from cash held in reserve after the transfer of police and fire services to national bodies.

The proposed investment would see new, high-definition cameras installed in 11 towns across the region.

They are Dumfries, Stranraer, Langholm, Gretna, Lockerbie, Moffat, Annan, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart.

At the moment, only the surveillance systems in Dumfries and Stranraer are monitored 24 hours a day with footage in other areas recorded.

However, the planned funding package includes the development of an "integrated risk management centre" which would be used to oversee all CCTV systems across the region.

The facility would also be used for co-ordinating major emergency operations and monitoring a range of alarm systems including domestic abuse alerts and care calls.

The local authority said providing multiple services from a centralised location with access to real time CCTV would ensure that resources can be deployed effectively and efficiently.

Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council's policy committee are being asked to endorse the proposed investment.

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