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Picture of concierge staff and Chair of teh board Sue Roberts in the Control room

West Midlands Police have praised the work of a CCTV operation which is celebrating its first birthday later this month.

Our CCTV Control Room monitors more than 300 cameras across the city and in its first twelve months, has helped detect and prevent a series of crimes including theft, criminal damage and fly-tipping.

The control centre, which is staffed 24 hours a day, has today been praised by West Midlands Police.

Sgt Martin Hewitt from Heath Town Neighbourhood Policing Unit said:

In the past twelve months we’ve been able to make arrests and bring criminals to justice thanks to the evidence we’ve been able to get from Wolverhampton Homes’ CCTV Control Room. It’s an exceptionally useful resource and is a great example of how we’re working together to detect crime and keep our city safe”.

Housing bosses say that its CCTV operation has been particularly successful on high rise estates which chose to have the service.

Evidence gleaned from CCTV cameras have, in the past year, helped police to make several arrests including a gang who went on a crime spree last summer, targeting 25 cars in and around Bilston. The cameras also helped foil an attempted burglary in Graiseley.

But the cameras haven’t just been useful in detecting and preventing crime, they’ve also helped track down a lost child and, in one case, call an ambulance to a council tenant who’d fallen ill.

Mark Henderson, Director of Housing at Wolverhampton Homes today said:

Working with the police, the council and local tenants to keep the city safe is really important to us and the CCTV Control Room has been a huge success during its first year. It’s a great resource to have and I’m proud that we’ve been able to help the police on several occasions now and bring people to justice who otherwise may not have been found”.

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