You’ve heard of BIG Brother – now meet Little Brother.
Residents in Deepdale have secured funding for a mini portable CCTV camera to capture evidence of vandals, thieves and yobs.
It is hoped the petite £3,000 camera, dubbed ‘Little Brother’ by residents, will deter crime as well as provide footage of crimes in progress in hotspot areas.
It comes 18 months after the community in the Meadow Street area set up a community group and scooped funding for six fixed cameras, following complaints about the effects of drugs dealing and prostitution in the area.
Members of the group feel having an additional moveable camera means residents affected by crime in other nearby areas, which the cameras don’t cover, would benefit too.
Robin Maudsley, chairman of CRAB (Communities Residents and Businesses) community group that scooped the funding, said: “The fixed cameras have already been a great success and crime is nothing like it was in the area.
“But there are people in other areas asking why they can’t have cameras so we decided to seek funding to buy a camera that could be moved around according to demand.
“It means if a particular area is suffering vandalism, we can put the camera there.
“We have had to iron out a few technicalities over who can host the cameras, but we are hoping it will be a further boost to the other CCTV scheme.
The retired engineer, who is a resident of Meadow Street, added: “We have called it a portable peace of mind.”
Before the installation of the £30,000 fixed cameras Meadow Street and nearby roads in Deepdale had suffered anti-social behaviour from drinkers, drug dealers and street-based sex workers for years.
The cameras focus on known trouble spots – such as two phone boxes on East View – with the added bonus of loudspeakers enabling security operators to shout at troublemakers while filming them.
Coupled with the addition of Christian street pastors, who interact with those at risk of offending, and a push by police to tackle prostitution, residents say they feel much safer.
The new camera will be monitored by Preston firm Shepherd Security which already looks after the existing fixed cameras.