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CCTV is helping in the fight against knife crime

08 September, 2017

Marching in May after the murder of JJ McPhillips

• KNIFE crime has devastating consequences, not only for its tragic victims, but for their families and the perpetrators too.

We take it extremely seriously and put a lot of effort and resources into projects and initiatives to stop young people falling into gangs or carrying knives in Islington.

I was extremely saddened to hear of the death of new father Nashon Esbrand (Why did they want to kill a ‘good kid’? September 1) and absolutely condemn this senseless murder in the heart of our community.

One important aspect of our fight against knife crime is CCTV. London has the highest concentration of CCTV cameras of any city in the world. In Islington, our high-definition cameras are monitored 24 hours a day.

Our operators are in constant contact with local police and we regularly supply footage and images to investigators to help with their enquiries and to trace and identify suspects, victims and witnesses.

In fact, police used footage captured by our CCTV cameras in their most recent appeal for information relating to the murder of JJ McPhillips in Upper Street. I sincerely hope it will help bring those responsible to justice.

To clarify, Essex Road, close to the scene of this latest tragic incident, is covered from end to end by 11 CCTV cameras, and, as you would expect, we are helping detectives as best we can. We also have 21 mobile CCTV cameras that are deployed across the borough and can be moved to cover crime hotspots at short notice.

Police also have access to footage captured by CCTV on our housing estates, and from thousands of security cameras set up by shops, businesses and residents, not to mention the images captured on mobile phone cameras by passers-by.

Knife crime is deplorable, but it has never been more difficult for an offender to escape completely undetected.

CLLR ANDY HULL
Executive Member for Community Safety
Islington Council

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