A new security camera part-funded by local businesses will extend protection against crime and anti-social behaviour in Northallerton.

Northallerton BID and Safer Hambleton to extend the camera coverageNorthallerton Business Improvement District has contributed £7,000 towards the cost of the roadside CCTV camera outside Sainsbury’s supermarket at the north end of the town.

It will link with other cameras in main shopping areas provided by Hambleton District Council to provide 24-hour surveillance and public reassurance.

“We are delighted to work with Hambleton District Council to strengthen Northallerton’s reputation as a safe place to work, shop and visit,” says BID Manager Julia Robinson.

“This new camera now gives the town full electronic surveillance from north to south of the its major commercial areas. Not only is it an important deterrent against crime, it also sends a strong signal of our intention to protect people and property.”

Hambleton District Council owns 46 fixed cameras covering the main shopping areas of Northallerton, Thirsk, Stokesley and Bedale, as well as three mobile cameras that can be deployed in crime or anti-social “hot spots” according to need.

Councillor Bridget Fortune, Hambleton District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: “CCTV cameras have a proven track record in helping to prevent and detect crime, anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse, vandalism, shoplifting and driving offences.

“And we are delighted to work in partnership with Northallerton BID and Safer Hambleton to extend the camera coverage. This latest camera will help enormously to strengthen public reassurance and deter crime.”