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Rural North Cotswolds Post Offices to get CCTV
Rural post offices across the North Cotswolds will soon be benefiting from 24 hour CCTV protection thanks to the North Cotswolds Safer Communities Partnership.
The Partnership, which includes representatives from Gloucestershire Police, the Cotswolds District council and drugs and youth workers, have teamed up with the Post Office to install CCTV cameras at 15 rural post offices from Monday July 17.
PC Chris Skinner, one of the driving forces behind the project, said the need for CCTV at post offices was highlighted earlier this year after armed robbers targeted several premises.
"Following the robberies it was clear that these offences had had a significant impact on local communities as a whole, not just on the post office staff unfortunate enough to have been involved," he said
"I recall at least one elderly resident who was amazed that such things could occur in the Cotswolds, she felt she was unable to collect her pension safely.
"Post offices are part of the very fabric of our rural communities and they provide essential services to many members of the public.
"It is hoped that the introduction of these 15 camera systems, one for every post office in the North Cotswolds, will reduce the fear of crime and provide reassurance, not only for Post Office staff but also for the people who use their services.
"The project has taken a little time to reach this stage but once the cameras are installed police will have access to TV quality pictures they can then use for evidential purposes. We are confident this development will help both staff and customers to feel more secure".
PC Skinner said the success of the project could be attributed to the close co-operation between the North Cotswolds Safer Communities Partnership and the Post Office.
"Without the support of the Partnership and post masters and mistresses at all 15 post offices the project would not have been so successful," he said.
"This CCTV equipment should be seen as just one strand of the post offices' security. Used in conjunction with other crime prevention methods and good cash handling procedure, along with the support of the rural communities they serve, it should prove an effective deterrent."
Cllr Clive Bennett, of the Cotswold District Council, said: "The provision of these CCTV cameras for rural post offices is a great example of how the partnership is really achieving something.
"These cameras will provide a further deterrent to those who think that small post offices are easy targets. Anyone attempting a crime at these post offices must realise that they will be filmed.
"I am fully behind any initiatives that make the Cotswolds an even safer place to live."
: 15/07/2006 12:04:21
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