A new set of eyes in the sky could be on the cards to deter vandals and criminals in a village centre hotspot.
Councillors are looking at options to fund the installation of two dedicated CCTV cameras in Conisbrough centre following continued burglaries and anti-social behaviour.
Residents and traders in have campaigned for the cameras to give complete coverage to deter gangs of youths and criminals.
Speaking at a meeting of Partners and Communities Together at the Ivanhoe Centre on Wednesday, Coun Craig Sahman estimated the cost of the project at
He said: “This week we met with the head of CCTV for the whole of Doncaster and starting at the Fox pub we walked along up the village. He recommended we
need two cameras, one near the Fox and another near the current Dome Hawk camera near Sainsbury’s.
“This would cover vir-tually all the town centre, including Sainsbury’s car park.”Traders on Church Street welcomed the initiative.
Ian Dales of Remove It All on Church Street, said: “We have been campaigning to get a camera down this end of the street for a long time.
“There are a lot of toe-rags smashing windows and causing general vandalism.
We had two break-ins in a month in November which left us a grand out of pocket.
“Someone walked in and stole a £10 not we were saving for someone who had dropped it in the shop.
“I think it would make people think twice if they knew they were captured on camera.”
Paul Bell, of Becky’s Pet Shop added: “CCTV would be a great idea. Most Friday nights there is trouble down here, with gangs of youths hanging around and smashing bottles. Through the week there are gangs of youths hanging around Sainsbury’s and across the road where the chemist is, which can be quite intimi-dating for some people.”
In 2010 disabled store-keeper Shane Bratby was dowsed in petrol and threatened with being set alight by a thug who walked into his disability aids store, on Church Street.
A newsagent on Church Street was attacked with a hammer during a robbery in 2012.
Speaking at the PACT meeting, Sgt Andy Peplow said the centre continued to have a high volume of calls from concerned residents.
He said the cameras would not be constantly monitored but they would be recorded.
He added: ”If we do get an incident taking place we can view it and instantly respond.”
Coun Sahman said coun-cillors were looking at funding options for the cameras. In order to access pots of cash, a community organisation connected with Conisbrough needs to
make the application and Conisbrough Forward had agreed to take part in the project.
The cameras would cost £3,000 each and cost 18 per cent of that per year to run for their expected life of 10 years.
The cameras would be wireless broadcasting a signal which could be directed to the central monitoring facility.
They would not need a dedicated BT line, which would reduce the running costs.