NEW safety call points have been installed in Leamington as part of the Safer Streets campaign.
Following a consultation with residents and community groups, the new call points were installed on Brunswick Street and Court Street. Two further call points were upgraded in High Street and Clemens Street.
The call points are manned by the Warwick District Council CCTV operation and are available to anyone to enable people to call for help if needed.
WDC community protection spokeswoman Judy Falp said: “These call points offer a vital point of contact for the public to our 24/7 CCTV control room, allowing us to quickly react to incidents and liaise with partners to ensure the safety of our residents. I’m pleased to see more of these points installed, helping people feel safe when out and about in the district.”
Warwickshire County Council community safety spokesman Andy Crump said the safety of residents was paramount.
“The call points are one part of a wider safety initiative that involves partners and agencies from across the county. The link between the call points, the CCTV operation and the police will reinforce the message to perpetrators that you will be prosecuted and any criminal or anti-social behaviour will be met with the full force of the law.”
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said it was important women and girls particularly felt safe when out and about.
He added: “While our streets are in the main safe places to be, there are still areas where people feel vulnerable and we’ve been listening to the feedback from residents on where targeted interventions are needed.”
“The new call points provide an easy way for the public to ask for help should they need it, while also acting as a deterrent to perpetrators, who will realise that CCTV and police will quickly react to incidents.”
A short demonstration film show how the points. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQJUcCQepHs to watch it.
Visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/safer-streets for more information about the Safer Streets campaign.