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Stranraer Upgrades Security

STRANRAER TOWN CENTRE will undergo a £100,000 security upgrade later this year.

The CCTV camera circuit in the town will be converted to a modern system - making for a higher detection of local crime.

Currently nine cameras keep watch over the streets in the town centre. They will all be replaced with new digital appliances. And it is hoped that in the long-term additional money can be sourced to add even more cameras.

The news has met with delight from local retailers, many of whom have been the victims of vandalism and street disorder in recent years. And police have also hailed the development saying it will increase their detection rates.

A spokesman said:

"We intend to upgrade the system in line with what has been done in Dumfries - that means changing from an analogue system to a digital one.

"The benefits of going to a digital system with upgraded cameras compared to what we have at present will hopefully bring about dividends in both the detection of crime and in catching those who commit it.

"We would also hope that this would lead to a greater use of the system as it allows more flexible use. Images will be compressed onto a hard drive making viewing much quicker and easier than having to take a tape out the machine and search through it for material."

The spokesman added that the work was likely to cost in the region of £100,000. The money has been sourced from the Scottish Executive.

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