Thursday, 5 February 2009
Kenny MacAskill opens East Ayrshire Council’s
Risk Management Centre
SCOTTISH Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill has officially opened East Ayrshire Council’s Risk Management Centre.
[Pictured: Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill officially opens the Council’s Risk Management Centre. He is joined by Provost Stephanie Young, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Douglas Reid, Chief Executive Fiona Lees, elected members, senior Council officers and representatives from Strathclyde Police. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
This state of the art facility provides a range of services for the people of East Ayrshire, including CCTV surveillance and emergency response unit, all aimed at reducing crime levels, vandalism to property and improving community safety.
The centre monitors 49 public realm cameras which cover all the major towns and villages within East Ayrshire. CCTV cameras cover a large number of Council properties, including schools, and a further 26 properties are scheduled to come on line in the near future.
The centre manages the community alarms system which provides assistance to vulnerable people. Receiving an average of 7000 calls a month, the community alarms system currently has 3448 subscribers. Clients signed up to the system can place requests for home help visits or request assistance if, for example, they suffer a fall in their own home. Smoke detection within a property can also be reported to the centre for action. Operators in the centre also monitor the telecare equipment linked to community alarms.
The Risk Management Centre works very closely with the Council’s Emergency Planning Unit to provide additional support during emergency situations. In addition, the Council’s Helpline for out of hours enquiries, including housing repairs, and the Antisocial Behaviour Helpline are both managed by the centre.
All of the services provided by the Risk Management Centre are interlinked. Footage from the CCTV cameras can assist the Community Alarms team and can also provide valuable evidence for prosecution purposes. As a result the Centre has established close partnership links with Strathclyde Police, which has led to a decline in the level of crime within local towns.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “I was very pleased to welcome Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill to Kilmarnock to open the Risk Management Centre. The Centre provides much needed support to vulnerable members of our community through the Community Alarms team whilst our public realm cameras provide support to Community Alarms and our partners in Strathclyde Police. The Centre promotes partnership working while helping to protect our properties from vandalism. Our residents feel safe walking the streets and our shops protected from shop lifters. The Risk Management Centre will continue to grow and expand the service it provides to local residents making our communities ‘Safer and Stronger’.”
East Ayrshire Council
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