CCTV cameras for Shoebury’s beach

Echo: CCTV cameras for Shoebury’s beach CCTV cameras for Shoebury’s beach

SOUTHEND Council has announced plans to install CCTV at a Shoebury beach after fears of vandalism at new beach huts.

Three sets of cameras are being installed at Shoebury’s East Beach to reduce antisocial behaviour and promote the area as a safe place for families.

One set of cameras will be put up at the end of Rampart Street, another in the main car park by the beach, and another by the flagpole opposite the car park.

Shoebury councillor, Roger Hadley, has been calling for the installation of the cameras.

He said: “The cameras will cover the beach from Rampart Street to Blackgate Road.

“I want to assure residents that no houses will be overlooked by the cameras.

“The cameras are part of ongoing improvements to East Beach, and will help to improve security in the area and stop antisocial behaviour.

“It’s a lovely family area and installing the cameras will give people the confidence the area is secure.

“The main posts have been installed and I’m hoping the cameras will be up and running by spring, in time for the summer.”

The new cameras come following a spate of vandalism early last year which saw beach huts broken into and raided.

Fifteen new beach huts made of recycled wood from Southend Pier were installed at the end of last year, near Rampart Street, at a cost of £120,000.

Southend Council has now set aside a further £100,000 for building the next phase of Shoebury beach huts, which is scheduled for 2015 to 2016.

A spokesman from Southend Council said: “The council has set aside £100,000 in 2015/16 for building phase two of the Shoebury beach huts project, now it has planning permission to do so.

“The scheme will be kept under review during 2014/15.”

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10:33am Fri 14 Feb 14

Britanniaman says...

That would be a good job for a pervert to look at all the woman sunbathing in the summer on the beach. I don't think you should be aloud to have CCTV looking on to beaches where people go bathing some of the images will prob leak out on youtube no doubt.
That would be a good job for a pervert to look at all the woman sunbathing in the summer on the beach. I don't think you should be aloud to have CCTV looking on to beaches where people go bathing some of the images will prob leak out on youtube no doubt. Britanniaman
  • Score: 1

11:42am Fri 14 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Money to burn....
Money to burn.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 4

11:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

CCTV really helping reduce crime
CCTV really helping reduce crime Keptquiettillnow
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12:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
CCTV really helping reduce crime
I did hear that a few councilors own those huts.....
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: CCTV really helping reduce crime[/p][/quote]I did hear that a few councilors own those huts..... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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12:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

will the cameras be made from recycled wood also.?
will the cameras be made from recycled wood also.? DogsMessInLeigh
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3:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

emcee says...

If CCTV was such a deterrant for those who commit crime, and such a great tool in catching these criminals, why do they not seem to work elsewhere?
Unless you have 24/7 monitoring with an immediate police response strategy in place, what is the point. If you are going to implement CCTV it needs to be done properly. Publishing bad quality images of a person wearing a hoody or balaclava, weeks after the event (by which time the crime has long taken place and the perpetrator long gone) in the hope of catching them is not good enough. Those who commit crimes know this making the deterrant element next to useless.
If CCTV was such a deterrant for those who commit crime, and such a great tool in catching these criminals, why do they not seem to work elsewhere? Unless you have 24/7 monitoring with an immediate police response strategy in place, what is the point. If you are going to implement CCTV it needs to be done properly. Publishing bad quality images of a person wearing a hoody or balaclava, weeks after the event (by which time the crime has long taken place and the perpetrator long gone) in the hope of catching them is not good enough. Those who commit crimes know this making the deterrant element next to useless. emcee
  • Score: 9

4:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Have they sold any of these sheds.
Have they sold any of these sheds. John Bull 40
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4:42pm Fri 14 Feb 14

GTA Essex says...

emcee wrote:
If CCTV was such a deterrant for those who commit crime, and such a great tool in catching these criminals, why do they not seem to work elsewhere?
Unless you have 24/7 monitoring with an immediate police response strategy in place, what is the point. If you are going to implement CCTV it needs to be done properly. Publishing bad quality images of a person wearing a hoody or balaclava, weeks after the event (by which time the crime has long taken place and the perpetrator long gone) in the hope of catching them is not good enough. Those who commit crimes know this making the deterrant element next to useless.
I agree. CCTV images are known for being poor quality. What difference is it going to make to vandals? They just simply put up their hoods or a scarf around their face. Seems like a waste of money. The best deterrent would be PCSO's patrolling the area during the evenings. That's the best option. Even so, there known for being pretty useless too.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If CCTV was such a deterrant for those who commit crime, and such a great tool in catching these criminals, why do they not seem to work elsewhere? Unless you have 24/7 monitoring with an immediate police response strategy in place, what is the point. If you are going to implement CCTV it needs to be done properly. Publishing bad quality images of a person wearing a hoody or balaclava, weeks after the event (by which time the crime has long taken place and the perpetrator long gone) in the hope of catching them is not good enough. Those who commit crimes know this making the deterrant element next to useless.[/p][/quote]I agree. CCTV images are known for being poor quality. What difference is it going to make to vandals? They just simply put up their hoods or a scarf around their face. Seems like a waste of money. The best deterrent would be PCSO's patrolling the area during the evenings. That's the best option. Even so, there known for being pretty useless too. GTA Essex
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5:05pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Nelly99 says...

So you build a load of beach huts nobody wants and then have to pay for a CCTV system to protect them! Utter madness Before the huts were there it was just a beach and the only thing to nick was sand.
So you build a load of beach huts nobody wants and then have to pay for a CCTV system to protect them! Utter madness Before the huts were there it was just a beach and the only thing to nick was sand. Nelly99
  • Score: 6

6:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

emcee says...

Nelly99 wrote:
So you build a load of beach huts nobody wants and then have to pay for a CCTV system to protect them! Utter madness Before the huts were there it was just a beach and the only thing to nick was sand.
Absolutely. There was no need for the beach huts at all. They were built for one reason and one reason only and that is to try and make some people, somewhere, a load of money. They do not offer the community anything whatsoever and are just a blot on a once open public space.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: So you build a load of beach huts nobody wants and then have to pay for a CCTV system to protect them! Utter madness Before the huts were there it was just a beach and the only thing to nick was sand.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. There was no need for the beach huts at all. They were built for one reason and one reason only and that is to try and make some people, somewhere, a load of money. They do not offer the community anything whatsoever and are just a blot on a once open public space. emcee
  • Score: 12

8:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

TherealIndiana says...

Any good for dogging?
Any good for dogging? TherealIndiana
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8:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

shoeburyden says...

anoher kick in the balls for shoebury common, the idiots at the council want to build a 2 mt wall behind the existing beach huts, making a haven for drug dealers prostitutes muggers and a site for antisocial behaviour. will the council considder cctv cameras there, of course not. the common has become the poor relation again, dumped on and neglected by our shoddy council
anoher kick in the balls for shoebury common, the idiots at the council want to build a 2 mt wall behind the existing beach huts, making a haven for drug dealers prostitutes muggers and a site for antisocial behaviour. will the council considder cctv cameras there, of course not. the common has become the poor relation again, dumped on and neglected by our shoddy council shoeburyden
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