By Andrew Topping, Local Democracy Reporter
A new CCTV system will be set up at Mansfield’s crematorium to prevent crime and reduce financial losses to the council through vandalism and theft.
The cameras will provide 24-hour coverage of the Derby Road site, 365 days per year, with images captured on the cameras to be stored in council files for a month after they were taken.
It comes as Mansfield District Council looks to provide a “deterrent” for nuisance and crime in the crematorium, and says the new cameras will support both public and staff safety on-site.
The authority approved introducing the cameras during a non-key decision last week.
A report into the decision states the council put received three separate quotes for delivering the camera system.
The authority selected the company 3H, which quoted the council £15,541 excluding VAT – meaning the project will cost the council just shy of £18,650 once VAT is factored in.
This was the lowest priced quote of the three received by the authority.
The report states the cameras will take between one and two weeks to be installed, with work to be conducted on both weekends and weekdays.
Cameras at the crematorium will eventually be linked up to the council’s CCTV system operated out of the Civic Centre, which is council-controlled and monitors numerous parts of the district.
The report adds: “CCTV will provide 24-hour recording, 365 days per year for the purpose of crime prevention and public and staff safety.
“Images will be stored for 31 days and will comply with the Information Commissioners Office. CCTV will provide a deterrent and help with financial losses through vandalism and theft.
“The new CCTV system will be future-proof and will be linked into town centre control at a later date for the monitoring of the cameras, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year to give extra security to property, service users and staff.”