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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 06:06 GMT 07:06 UK


Government maintains CCTV vision

More than 100 CCTV cameras are already in operation

The Scottish Executive is investing a further 1.5m in CCTV schemes despite a recent report which said the systems did not help to reduce crime.

The money is part of a 3m package to help local communities with crime prevention and detection.

BBC Scotland's Miranda Hurst reports on the cash available for CCTV.
There are more than 100 CCTV cameras watching over towns and cities in Scotland.

But last month CCTV's effectiveness was questioned in a report compiled by a leading Scottish academic which said there was little evidence to suggest the cameras used in Glasgow had reduced crime.

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Systems have been "over-hyped"
Professor James Ditton, of the Scottish Centre for Criminology, said then that the cameras had not lived up to their early promise.

After four years of monitoring the monitors, the professor - who led a Scottish Office study into CCTV - called for an independent watchdog to oversee the use of the technology.

"It has been overhyped and I think that is one of the problems," Prof Ditton told BBC Scotland.

But the Scottish Executive remains committed to extending the network.

An Executive spokesman said last month while the government was disappointed with the research figures, it still believed CCTV made a significant contribution to cutting crime.

It has now launched a special competition aimed at encouraging local authorities and police forces to bid for a share of the extra cash which is now available.

All applications for the Make our Communities Challenge Competition are expected to be in by November, with successful projects allocated by next April.

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