WORK to reinvest in CCTV in Carmarthen and Brecon has been completed and the 23 cameras are now live across both towns.
The work has been carried out as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn’s reinvestment in the CCTV provision across the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.
Carmarthen and Brecon are the second and third out of 17 identified towns to benefit from the upgraded CCTV systems. The first town to receive the upgrade was Builth Wells.
Carmarthen has benefitted from 17 new CCTV cameras which will be managed by Dyfed-Powys Police.
Work in Brecon has been carried out to allow the six existing cameras in the town to be recorded at the local police station.
A modern CCTV Monitoring Room will be introduced in the Force Communication Centre at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, where cameras will be monitored centrally by dedicated staff.
Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that two more towns have benefitted from my pledge to reinvest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.
“CCTV cameras have been successfully installed in Carmarthen and the necessary work has been completed in Brecon allowing us to formally take over the management of the town’s CCTV cameras.
“I am looking forward to seeing the project delivered across other areas of the force in the coming months.”
Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “I am sure the cameras will be of huge benefit in preventing and detecting crime in Carmarthen and Brecon Town Centres. Its installation comes at a good time as we see an influx of visitors to the force area.”
Marie McAvoy, Dyfed-Powys Police’s ICT Product and Programme Manager, said: “We are making good progress in delivering a modern CCTV infrastructure and the installation of new cameras in Ammanford and Saundersfoot will start imminently.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is touring the force area to visit business owners in the towns where reinvestment in CCTV is taking place.
Carmarthen business people he spoke to were very positive about the reinvestment works.
Edward Rees, owner of Morgan Edward Salon on King Street, Carmarthen, said: “As a business owner in the town centre I am delighted to see high quality CCTV being re-introduced. Two years ago when it was taken away I invested heavily in a top quality system for my business, also covering the street outside.
“On three separate occasions it has enabled us to identify people who have caused minor damage to my building and therefore recoup the costs of incurred. Also on several occasions we have been contacted by Dyfed-Powys Police to help with various enquiries, by supplying them with invaluable high quality footage. However the little help businesses such as mine have been able to give is not really adequate for the largest town in the county. Therefore I welcome the investment made to provide a much better service to our town.”
Josh Lowe, of Final Boss Gaming, said: “As a small business owner I’m extremely pleased that CCTV is back and operational in Carmarthen town centre. It is something that is definitely needed.”