Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Maria McCarthy attended the CCTV launch in Killyleagh and said: “Arguably, CCTV is one of the most powerful tools to be developed during recent years to assist with efforts to combat crime and disorder whilst enhancing community safety.
“This joint CCTV initiative is aimed at doing just that: reducing crime and the fear of crime in the principal public, residential and business areas of Killyleagh and Down District Council is delighted to support it.
“A special thanks go to the Killyleagh Development Association who have worked tirelessly to inspire public confidence in the scheme and who have been instrumental in getting it up and running. I have the upmost confidence that they will ensure the consistent effectiveness of the scheme and preserve the civil liberty of law abiding citizens at all times.
“I must also thank the Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership, PSNI and Access Video Projects Ltd for their assistance with the scheme. It’s great to see so many groups and organisations working effectively together to promote community safety in our District and in my constituency.
“I think it’s safe to say that we all want less victims of crime in our communities and initiatives such as this one do this whilst complementing other safety programmes that have derived from the Killyleagh Action Plan.
“I’m looking forward to a full overview of the project and thank you again for inviting me to be here today,” added Cllr McCarthy.
Recently there have been a number of arson attcks in the Killyleagh area including the destruction of the public toilets, an unsued manse, a public bar being badly damaged, and a pigeon fancier’s loft being burned down. Local residents are fearful of where the fire bug will strike next. Life saving aids have also been removed from their holders in the harbour area and thrown into the water thus causing potential for the loss of life.