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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to trial CCTV system to reduce deliberate fire setting

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is working with Remote Surveillance Ltd to trial CCTV surveillance system across the Merthyr area over the Whitsun Bank Holiday (22nd to 26th May) to reduce deliberate fire setting and anti-social behaviour in those communities.

The system will have infra-red sensors to pick up high signatures and suspected fires, and will have CCTV that can zoom in for a visual confirmation. The system alerts will be monitored by SWFRS Fire Control and they will have the ability to use the camera and report on suspicious persons / activity in the area that can be passed to be police and used in evidence for any criminal offence that is identified.

The Infrared system can cover up to 5km or 3 miles. This gives it a coverage zone of approximately 78 km2 or 28 miles2 around the base of the CCTV system.
The CCTV camera has a sufficient zoom capability to pick up numbers in a group, identify activity by individuals, their clothing and direction of travel if they leave the area.
The system with be sited in the Pentrebach / Troedyrhiw area. It will cover the areas of Abercanaid, Aberfan and Merthyr Vale to the South and Twynrodyn and Mountain Hare to the North.

Should anyone wish to make a query about the CCTV, they should contact 01444 232000.