New cameras have been installed in a major boost to CCTV coverage in a key area of Middlesbrough.
The security measures mark the latest phase of the £1 million Lottery-funded Big Local project which has supported a raft of community initiatives in North Ormesby.
The new cameras are part of an ongoing drive to cut crime and increase public confidence.
Over the last two years more than 30 cameras - including two ‘talking’ cameras on the market place - have been installed in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, a total investment of more than £90,000.
The latest additions in the Westbourne Grove area were formally unveiled by members of the North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust at the Community Hub.
Big Local Development Officer Karen O’Hara said: “Local residents told us loud and clear that they fully support the use of CCTV.
“The improvement and installation of the system will go a long away to ensuring they feel a lot safer in their community.”
The CCTV system is monitored around the clock from the Council’s central CCTV control room at Middlesbrough Bus Station, with Police and Council staff able to access footage.
North Ormesby ward member Councillor Lewis Young said: “CCTV has proven itself time and again as a powerful tool in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour, and one which is embraced by all law-abiding residents.
“The cameras have a powerful deterrent effect, and will also assist the Police, Council and other agencies in ensuring those who break the law can be caught and prosecuted.
“This is a fantastic achievement by the Big Local project that will benefit the local community for many years to come.”
To find out more about the North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust visit their website.