Funding for additional security cameras around Manor Royal Business District has been approved by the Safer Crawley Partnership in an effort to improve safety and security in the area.
The need for the extra cameras comes after the increase in ‘car cruising’ as well as other crime and antisocial behaviours over the past 18 months which is impacting on the smaller businesses in the area.
The additional cameras will help to supplement the initial Manor Royal Business District Security Camera Project which was installed by the Manor Royal BID and has been in place since September 2016.
With the Safer Crawley Partnership contributing £8,000 and the Manor Royal BID Company match funding the request, the project will be delivered in partnership with Sussex Police.
As Crawley’s main business and employment area, crime and anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on the appeal of Manor Royal as a place to do business.
Through the BID, working in partnership with Sussex Police and Crawley Borough Council the project aims to combat these issues and improve the trading and working environment of Manor Royal.
Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Public Protection, Councillor Michael Jones, said:
“Manor Royal is the hub of Crawley’s economy and we want to make sure that current business owners feel safe and that their businesses are secure, as well as making the area more attractive to those looking to do business.”
Continuing this, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer said:
“Manor Royal is a safe place to do business but we can’t be complacent. Over the past few years we have put in place a number of measures and this investment from the Safer Crawley Partnership will allow us to provide enhanced security in those areas we know are more vulnerable.”
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