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CCTV needs ‘beefed up’

Thursday, 25 January 2018

CCTV needs ‘beefed up’ thumbnailSome of those who attended the crime prevention meeting at Ground, including Cllr Darryl Wilson and John McAuley. WK04-AM-012

MANY concerned business leaders gathered at Ground last Thursday for a special meeting organised in the aftermath of the recent Church Street triple burglary.
Representatives from nearly 20 businesses called for improved CCTV and more police patrols, with many joining the latest PSNI Text Alert scheme on the night.
One person claimed the non emergency PSNI 101 number was often ineffective, whilst a Church Street business woman said that she had upgraded security since the burglary.
The meeting, organised by Cllr Darryl Wilson, was attended by PSNI Crime Prevention Officer, Judith Lavery accompanied by two Ballycastle Community Officers.
Also present were Julienne Elliot and Catriona McNeill representing Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (CC&G) Town Management.
Commenting, Catriona McNeill said: "We facilitated the meeting to raise awareness about what business people can do to protect themselves and how in a co-ordinated approach the PCSP, PSNI CC&G can support them and what different services are available."
CPO Judith Lavery briefly outlined her role, specifically in the context of retail crime, mentioning the 'Safe Shop' scheme.
She told those present that police, when requested by retailers can go out and do security assessments; she also highlighted the availability of the Crime Prevention Tool Kit.
When the meeting was thrown open to the floor, the President of Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Winnifred Mellet related a recent incident where three men had been spotted 'acting strangely'.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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