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CCTV system in Lichfield and Burntwood costs more than £1,000 per arrest

New figures have revealed that Lichfield and Burntwood’s CCTV system costs more than £1,000 per arrest it leads to.

A Lichfield District Council report shows that the total cost of running cameras in Lichfield and Burntwood was in the region of £189,000 during 2015/16.

The figures reveal that CCTV cameras directly led to 185 arrests during the same period, meaning each incident cost around £1,020.

The report revealed that the average per-arrest cost for such a system is around £460.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

Councillor Doug Pullen, Cabinet member for community at Lichfield District Council, said the CCTV programme still represented good value for money.

“Creating safe communities is one of our top priorities which we have outlined in our Strategic Plan,” he said. “CCTV works well as a deterrent to public order offences and is incredibly helpful for the police when investigating crime.

“We are proud that our CCTV service operating costs are below the benchmark average, costing £22 an hour, as opposed to £38 an hour.

“We are very lucky to have a low crime rate in Lichfield district, which means that when the number of arrests is compared to the overall cost for CCTV, it does appear high. However, as CCTV helps to deter acts of crime, we think it is still an important local service that represents good value for money.”

The report revealed that the number of overall incidents recorded have reduced over the last year by 2.04%, but the number of arrests as a result of CCTV have increased by 2.78%.

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