He is now calling on the authority to monitor the area’s CCTV footage more frequently, so shoppers feel safer and criminals know they are being watched around the clock.
“In Felixstowe, their CCTV is monitored, and in Colchester there are full-time CCTV operators,” he said.
“In Clacton, the cameras record, but there is no one watching them [all the time], so unlike in other towns, the council is not proactively supporting the shops.
“It has a knock-on effect as well because thefts contribute to a loss of money, which might then see shops closed down.
“It might also put potential businesses off opening shops in the town centre and it might also make residents not want to go into town either.
“The equipment is all there, so it is a shame, and we have suggested a volunteer team, but the council does not want it.”
Lynda McWilliams believes a monitoring team would not be practical.
“The positioning of cameras is determined using intelligence provided by Essex Police to ensure they are at their most effective, with additional ‘patrols’ also carried out,” she added.
“We will not reveal when these patrols are carried out, in case criminals use this information to their advantage. Footage is always recorded, and images can then be requested by police for relevant times and places as part of any investigation.
“Warning signage and the cameras themselves act as both a deterrent to criminals and as reassurance to members of the public.
“Though the offer of volunteers is welcomed, due to the location of the Control Room within our Careline centre it would not be practical for people outside of Tendring District Council to monitor the cameras because of issues including data protection, safeguarding, and of course ensuring we remain Covid-secure.
CCP can be adopted by Community Safety Partnerships (CSP), Business Improvement Districts (BID) or Businessess Against Crime (BAC) organisations either in full under the CCP branding OR white labelled under a district's existing scheme branding.