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Newry city centre CCTV Cameras are to be withdrawn completely by March 2019. Newry, Mourne and Down Council have made the decision citing the fact that crime levels throughout the district continue at low levels, based on reported crime in all categories, and as the equipment used has reached the end of its useful life.

Kilkeel and Warrenpoint will also have their CCTV services removed.

There is concerns about their effectiveness as there's no evidence currently available which can measure whether CCTV footage is contributing to criminal prosecutions. Other reasons such as the difficulty in standardising CCTV monitoring and surveillance across the district, as well as budgetary constraints and the desire to provide ratepayers with maximum value for money; have prompted the decision to cease town-centre CCTV.

CCTV is to be withdrawn from Newry from 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
CCTV is to be withdrawn from Newry from 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The equipment, which was installed 10 years ago, has in recent years been experiencing a high incidence of faults, resulting in long periods of time where the CCTV cameras are not in operation, as well as increasing repair costs. It has also been estimated that the costs to replace the equipment and update the supporting technology would also be very high.

The imminent introduction of new and stricter data protection legislation will also likely increase both the financial and administrative burden of operating CCTV, as well as restricting its future use.

Although a CCTV monitoring and surveillance service will continue to be provided next year, during the course of 2018-19 the Council will remove faulty CCTV cameras and completely withdraw the entire town-centre CCTV service by the 31 March 2019.

The Council remains committed to maintaining and enhancing public safety through its effective partnership working with the PSNI, the local Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), as well as its own Community Safety Wardens.

If you want to share your views on the CCTV withdrawell you can download the consultation document from the News Section within the Council’s website, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0300 200 7830

Closing date for completed questionnaires or comments is Friday 1 June 2018 at 5pm.

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