Posted on 29th Nov 2011 @ 10:18 AM
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In Worcestershire, England, the Honeybourne Line is a train route that takes citizens wherever they need to go on a foggy England morning. It’s a hassle-free way to get around town. But now, according to a study by the Worcestershire council, burglars and other criminals have been using the Worcestershire line as a way to get to people’s homes, then as a means for a quick escape. This is most troubling, because criminals are getting around very easily and escaping with the goods that they have stolen from their victims.
In response to this recent discovery, the managers of the Honeybourne Line have taken the initiative to install several, as many as seventeen, CCTV security surveillance cameras installed onto the Honeybourne line to monitor all of the activity. With this step up in security, the people of Honeybourne can breathe a little easier and they will know that their assets will be safe.
The entire job is being split into several phases; phase one will be the installation of the first seven cameras. The report conducted by the council shows that there has indeed been a consistent increase in the numbers of raids and thefts on people’s homes, with many valuable goods being stolen.
"The location of many of these burglaries alongside intelligence strongly indicates that the Honeybourne Line is used by criminal elements to gain access to houses to commit burglaries and also to aid their escape with stolen property," according to the report.
The first seven cameras will be installed with the purpose of monitoring the stretch of land between Cheltenham Railway Station and the Jubilee Bridge, which is considered to be the highest priority.
Councillor Klara Sudbury, who is the cabinet member in charge of housing and safety, says that funding is currently being sought to work on the installation of the rest of the cameras following the initial seven. "The aim is to have 17 cameras,” she stated.
"The reason this stretch has been put forward for the first phase is that negotiations and discussions between our officers and police highlighted this as a stretch that the police particularly felt was the issue. The Honeybourne Line is somewhere that we want to be a safe place for people to use. It's a really important transport link and that's why it's really important to us."
When all cameras are installed, they will go as far as to monitor Tommy Taylor's Lane, another track with a similar problem to Honeybourne Line.
Inspector Alistair Barby, from Cheltenham Police, said: "We are pleased investment is being made into installing CCTV on the Honeybourne Line. We are fully supportive of any steps to improve security in the area."
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