Portable CCTV cutting crime

A portable CCTV project launched by Lothian and Borders is proving successful in tackling vandalism in schools.

Mar 23, 2006
By David Howell

A portable CCTV project launched by Lothian and Borders is proving successful in tackling vandalism in schools.

The Excalibur project, which involves the Midlothian Community Safety Partnership, is funded through the Partnerships Action Plan and enables the short-term deployment of cameras in areas where vandalism is an on-going problem.

One primary school in Midlothian was experiencing repeated and sustained vandalism to windows and facilities. Following installation the number of daily incidents dropped and culprits were identified and charged with four incidents.

Thanks to the success of the initial project, funding has now been secured that will allow Excalibur to expand to four further systems that are due to be operational over the next six months.

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