Tayside trials CCTV bike patrols

Tayside has become the first force in Scotland to trial a digital CCTV system fitted to the bikes of cycle patrol officers in Perth.

Dec 14, 2006
By David Howell

Tayside has become the first force in Scotland to trial a digital CCTV system fitted to the bikes of cycle patrol officers in Perth.

The system, which has been supplied free of charge by Perth based company Scottish Communications Security Technology, gives cycle patrol officers the ability to record events and incidents in areas where there is currently no CCTV operating.

The small digital system is fitted into the pannier on the side of the bike, with the camera attached to the handlebars. If necessary, it can also be removed and fitted onto officer equipment.

Officers hope that the equipment will also prove invaluable at large events such as T in the Park, public processions, and football matches.

Paul Gibson, managing director of Scottish Communications Security Technology Design, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have been asked by Tayside Police to design and develop a mobile CCTV system, small enough to be able to be used by the police cycle patrol officers.

“As a company we specialise in supplying CCTV systems for the police and local authorities throughout Scotland, so we leapt at the chance to work with our local police on such a new and innovative system.’’

Chief Superintendent Matt Hamilton, divisional commander, said that he was delighted that Tayside Police was the first force in Scotland to introduce the system. He said: ‘‘Tayside Police is an innovative force and our cycle patrol officers will work closely with Scottish Communication Security Technology Design in developing the product further.

‘‘Since its introduction, existing CCTV in Perth has more than proved its worth on numerous occasions where it has assisted in providing evidence in the detection of crime whilst also providing a deterrent factor. Together with the mobile CCTV van, this has contributed significantly to lower crime levels and bringing safer communities to the people of Perth and Kinross.

‘‘We are embracing innovation and new technologies by taking the new digital CCTV system out on the cycle patrols, so that officers can instantly record acts of vandalism, anti-social behaviour, and any other crimes or incidents that they come across. As with the existing camera network in Perth city centre, the mobile CCTV camera fitted to the bike provides good quality pictures.

‘‘Together with the continuing support of the public and local communities I believe the new mobile CCTV cameras on the bikes will make a real difference to the quality of life for residents in Perth and Kinross.’’

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