This week, the last of a number of new CCTV cameras have been put in place throughout the city centre to provide extra security and reassurance to those living, working and visiting Milton Keynes.
The cameras will operate 24/7, capturing high-quality video footage across the busy shopping and leisure zones, taxi ranks and areas that have seen a disproportionate number of crimes. They will be part of the existing CCTV network in the city, providing a broader view of what’s taking place and joining numerous other security measures in place to keep everyone safe.
Matthew Barber, Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “I hope that these additional CCTV cameras, funded through the Safer Streets Fund, will provide residents and visitors to Milton Keynes with additional reassurance, as well as enhancing Thames Valley Police’s view of the city to help keep our communities safe.”
Superintendent Marc Tarbit, Police Commander for the Milton Keynes area, said: “I hope that these cameras will come as welcome news to our local communities as they help to widen our perspective and provide vital information to officers on patrol.
“For my officers and staff, these additional sets of eyes across the city will help us to identify and intercept suspicious behaviour that may be intentionally concealed from their view as well as offering vital evidence when an offence has taken place.
“We know there have been small pockets of violence within the city centre carried out by a minority of individuals but understandably this impacts of the feeling of safety by those in the area. These cameras are a great asset and is one of many ways that we are working with Milton Keynes City Council to ensure everyone feels safe in our city. “
Councillor Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe in Milton Keynes and this CCTV is just one of the measures we’re introducing in partnership with Thames Valley Police and other organisations. We’ll be carrying out further work with our partners over the coming months to make routes safer, especially for women and girls.”