Rugby BID is at the forefront of reducing crime in Rugby town centre and has been making a noticeable difference to both businesses and customers in the town centre on a daily basis. With six operators manning the 50 cameras across the Rugby BID area 24 hours a day and seven days a week the level of crime in the town centre has fallen significantly during the last two years.
Each month Rugby town’s CCTV system plays a vital role in the arrest of more than 60 people. Crimes caught on camera range from assault and anti-social behaviour through to criminal damage and shoplifting.
Ways in which we are working to improve safety and security:
ShopNet and Pubwatch working together...
There are now more than 130 members of the successful ShopNet and PubWatch schemes running in Rugby town centre. This means there are over 100 additional sets of eyes and ears working together with Rugby BID and Warwickshire police to combat crime. Rugby BID, in conjunction with Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative and Warwickshire police, provide participating businesses with radio equipment linking them directly to the CCTV control room and the police. Rugby BID keeps a track on the most prolific offenders in the town centre by
working closely with all of its partners.
Cameras record live and can track vehicles with ANPR...
Rugby BID’s CCTV control room uses the most up-to-date digital equipment with all of its cameras recording live, giving the very best playback facilities.
Cameras are also equipped with the latest ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Reader) to track vehicles and help stop
any that have been involved in criminal activity.
Direct contact with the police ensures quick response times...
CCTV operators have a direct link through to local police using airwave radio enabling a much quicker response for any problems that local businesses may encounter. Staff from the BID also attend daily police briefings to share intelligence and to ensure they know who and what to be keeping a close eye on.
‘Talking’ CCTV cameras discourage antisocial behaviour...
Rugby town centre’s four talking CCTV cameras issue verbal warnings to anyone seen breaking the law. The talking cameras have targeted anti-social behaviour by groups of youths in the town centre and fighting on the streets during the evening.
In the majority of
cases the first warning issued has been successful in diffusing the situation, discouraging anti-social behaviour and preventing fights from escalating further. The talking cameras have a positive impact, with an average of six positive interventions each month.
Rugby BID CCTV works to a strict Code of Practise. To see this, click here.