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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 April, 2003, 05:51 GMT 06:51 UK
New CCTV system launched
The city centre operation watches over Exeter 24 hours a day
The business community in a Devon city is welcoming the introduction of a new 1m closed circuit television system to help crack down on crime.

A new control room in Exeter has opened and the number of cameras expanded to more than 80 around the city centre.

There will be a further 130 when the multi-million-pound revamp of the Princesshay shopping centre gets under way.

John Reynolds, manager of Debenhams and former chairman of the City Centre Consortium, said: "It makes a difference and encourages customers to come into the city in a secure and pleasant environment."

The growth of CCTV
1990 - Three town centre schemes with 100 cameras
1994 - 16 town centre schemes with 400 cameras
1994 - 1997 Home Office gives 38m to fund 585 CCTV schemes
1997 - 167 schemes with more than 5,200 cameras
1996 - 1998 CCTV accounts for more than three-quarters of total crime prevention spending
1999 - 2003 170m made available for CCTV

The Home Office has paid 480,000 and the rest of the cash has come from local authorities, businesses, Exeter University and the city's hospitals.

The exact location of the Exeter City Council-operated control room is being kept secret for security reasons.

CCTV services in Exeter, introduced in 1996, were previously co-ordinated from Devon County Council's control room at County Hall.

A Home Office-commissioned report last year suggested that CCTV was not as useful in the fight against crime as was previously thought.

The report - which looked at evaluations of 22 CCTV schemes in Britain and the US - found that while cameras could have a marked effect on reducing vehicle crime, there was little evidence they prevented violent crime.

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