Westhoughton businesses told: 'Pay for your own CCTV after armed robberies'

The Bolton News: Westhoughton businesses told: 'Pay for your own CCTV after armed robberies' Westhoughton businesses told: 'Pay for your own CCTV after armed robberies'

BUSINESSES are being being advised to install their own private CCTV cameras in the wake of two armed robberies in Westhoughton.

After the Betfred and Co-op stores were targeted on January 4 and 6, it emerged four of the town council’s seven CCTV cameras on the street were not working.

Two of them had not been operational for at least a month with “high winds” and the festive season cited as reasons for the cameras having not been fixed earlier.

Cllr David Chadwick, for Westhoughton South, has now ordered a review meeting with the police and Emerson, the company charged with monitoring the town’s CCTV footage.

Angry residents at the Westhoughton with Chew Moor Area Forum questioned why the faults with the cameras had not been repaired sooner.

Police stressed that crime levels in the town are “relatively low” despite two Market Street businesses being raided recently.

Insp Chris Evans said: “People ask whether they are any more vulnerable in Westhoughton than elsewhere in Bolton and the answer is ‘sometimes yes, sometimes no’.

“Just because there have been robberies here does not mean it is local people necessarily as we are very close to the motorway network, and connected to Salford and Wigan.”

Andy Hurst, a Bolton Council officer who works with the police, added: “I would stress to all businesses to get your own CCTV and make that investment.

“Police Community Support Officers regularly patrol the area and would be more than happy to give advice to shops.”

One resident requested that Emerson be held to account over the malfunctioning Market Street cameras for not telling the town council about the problems earlier.


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Town council leader Cllr David Chadwick said: “The cameras in Westhoughton have been funded by town council since the late 1990s.

“Two of the cameras were to be repaired just before Christmas but because of the high winds, the cherry picker could not be used because of safety concerns.

“I don’t think it is right for such blame to be laid at the town council’s door as the Co-op has 12 private cameras and the Betfred has three.

“These will surely have captured images of the perpetrators.

“I am organising a review into the process with the police and Emerson so we are sure there are no problems with town council policies.”

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12:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Hough64 says...

All businesses should invest in CCTV regardless of the fact that there are already cameras in the streets. I had mine fitted when I first started up and don't expect the council to pay to keep my staff and business safe.
All businesses should invest in CCTV regardless of the fact that there are already cameras in the streets. I had mine fitted when I first started up and don't expect the council to pay to keep my staff and business safe. Hough64
  • Score: -16

1:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

soup153 says...

‘sometimes yes, sometimes no’ kind of answers that. Mind you it's just a game to them, scores on the doors please.
‘sometimes yes, sometimes no’ kind of answers that. Mind you it's just a game to them, scores on the doors please. soup153
  • Score: 8

2:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

these pictures are never clear council should provide a grant for fighting crime that way the business don' t feel too much strain on the purse, Salford city council do these grants for business owners in Salford
these pictures are never clear council should provide a grant for fighting crime that way the business don' t feel too much strain on the purse, Salford city council do these grants for business owners in Salford waterbottle
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Count de Monet says...

Hough64 wrote:
All businesses should invest in CCTV regardless of the fact that there are already cameras in the streets. I had mine fitted when I first started up and don't expect the council to pay to keep my staff and business safe.
When the CCTV cameras were first installed in Market Street, Westhoughton, the town council asked businesses to make a contribution to the cost. The only business that refused was Barclays Bank. Councillor Chadwick has a conveniently short memory.

Businesses should have their own CCTV so they are not relying totally on those in the street but let's not forget that 99% of them paid towards the street cameras.
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: All businesses should invest in CCTV regardless of the fact that there are already cameras in the streets. I had mine fitted when I first started up and don't expect the council to pay to keep my staff and business safe.[/p][/quote]When the CCTV cameras were first installed in Market Street, Westhoughton, the town council asked businesses to make a contribution to the cost. The only business that refused was Barclays Bank. Councillor Chadwick has a conveniently short memory. Businesses should have their own CCTV so they are not relying totally on those in the street but let's not forget that 99% of them paid towards the street cameras. Count de Monet
  • Score: 17

8:29am Sat 8 Feb 14

soup153 says...

waterbottle wrote:
these pictures are never clear council should provide a grant for fighting crime that way the business don' t feel too much strain on the purse, Salford city council do these grants for business owners in Salford
Council do provide a service it's called the Police.
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: these pictures are never clear council should provide a grant for fighting crime that way the business don' t feel too much strain on the purse, Salford city council do these grants for business owners in Salford[/p][/quote]Council do provide a service it's called the Police. soup153
  • Score: 4

3:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Rt Hon Gentleman says...

Westhoughton council appear to be creating a smokescreen by placing an obligation on local businesses to provide their own cctv. Whilst an obvious measure to take to protect both the business and staff, the real issue here is the fact that the council have a statutory obligation under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to implement a strategy to reduce crime in their area.

The crux of the argument is that they had 7 cctv cameras installed on Market Street but failed to maintain at least 5 of them.
That isn't the fault of local businesses.
They should man up and take it on the chin rather than trying to deflect the blame - they have failed both the public and local businesses.
Westhoughton council appear to be creating a smokescreen by placing an obligation on local businesses to provide their own cctv. Whilst an obvious measure to take to protect both the business and staff, the real issue here is the fact that the council have a statutory obligation under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to implement a strategy to reduce crime in their area. The crux of the argument is that they had 7 cctv cameras installed on Market Street but failed to maintain at least 5 of them. That isn't the fault of local businesses. They should man up and take it on the chin rather than trying to deflect the blame - they have failed both the public and local businesses. Rt Hon Gentleman
  • Score: -2

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