POLICE and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon and county councils have funded a contract for security specialists Instrom to research CCTV provision across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Instrom founder and principal consultant Ken Graham said: “We’re delighted to have the chance to help Mr Salmon prevent and tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

“As many local councils reduce CCTV funding due to pressure on the public purse, our research will look at evidence of CCTV effectiveness in Dyfed-Powys and the potential for new technology to reduce crime.

“It will explore opportunities for more flexible monitoring and options for greater consistency and flexibility.”

Mr Salmon said: “I want to offer a solution for CCTV across our region as it can, as part of a wider strategy, play a role in keeping communities safe.

“Down the years public bodies – although not obliged to do so - have installed a variety of CCTV systems. The police have supported it, without funding, and now I’d like a coordinated approach across Dyfed-Powys - one that’s effective and efficient at a cost agreeable to all.

“The Instrom research is the start of this process. They have extensive and I expect some innovative ideas.

“My priorities include preventing crime, keeping vulnerable people safe and spending public money wisely; it will be interesting to see what part CCTV could play.

“Other than county councils, some town and community councils, businesses and others also have a stake in CCTV so we’ll ensure their needs are considered in this research.”

Instrom’s research, due to produce a report this autumn, is supported by Chief Constable Simon Prince.

To indicate a wish to be included in the research process, email Ken Graham - ken@instrom.com.