SDCC chairman chaired the CCTV public information meeting which occurred on 20th November in the parish hall. The Garda Crime Prevention Officer explained the benefits of CCTV if setup in Schull. He explained that access to the video images, must adhere to a strict and rigorous protocol. To prevent misuse there is a very thorough and lengthy application procedure and ultimately approval for any Community based CCTV must be given by the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana. It is anticipated that this approval will be given in the near future.
Cork Council commissioned independent security experts to advise on the nature and extent of the CCTV system and the specific locations where the cameras should be located. SDCC will apply for Community funding to help with cost of this proposed project. Current proposal by the security experts is for approximately 17 cameras – wirelessly linked to Schull Garda Station, where the recording equipment will be securely located.
Attendance included representatives of Local Community Alert, members of the business community and residents of Schull and Goleen. The audience were very appreciative of the information provided by the Garda Crime Prevention Officer, based on feedback where CCTV is active in Bantry and Clonakilty. A short Q+A followed the briefing. Those in attendance were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to install a CCTV System for Schull.
If/When Garda Commissioner grants permission – more details of proposed CCTV will be available on this web page.