Rural crime is an issue across many areas of Cleveland, and the use of surveillance cameras has been deployed previously to assist farmers and landowners in tackling rural crime.
This has proved to be of great use, particularly when it comes to reassurance and increased community confidence, together with evidence gathering to assist in prosecutions.
Cameras have been used on farms, businesses and other rural settings as an additional tool in conjunction with police patrols.
The previous batch of cameras had a red light which activated when triggered, which in turn has resulted in them being found and damaged. These six replacement cameras deploy an invisible night beam, making them undetectable to perpetrators.
The cameras will be loaned to rural community members through the Community & Partnerships Team, and will be promoted to local communities through the Tees Rural Crime Forum, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner, and through Cleveland’s Police’s Wildlife Crime Officers.