Cumbria Police has launched its new £2.5m CCTV network - at a time when police officer numbers are being cut.
Chief Constable Jerry Graham says the technology will help them to fight crime, and that policing is "not all about numbers":
A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.
The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.
53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.
The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.
There are plans to spend £11,000 putting four CCTV cameras in Hawick.
The cameras would be installed in the centre of the town.
They would be funded by money raised from pay and display car park charges.
Councillors are considering if the scheme is viable.
Cumbria Police is planning to install one of the UK's biggest network of CCTV cameras across the county.
They would go live next year and be monitored from a central control room at the force's headquarters in Penrith.
Closed circuit systems run by local councils have been cut back in recent years, as a result of spending cuts.
The county's Police and Crime Commissioner says the network will make Cumbria a safer place.
Ryan Dollard reports:
Just over half a million pounds is being spent on upgrading the CCTV cameras across Dumfries and Galloway.
High definition cameras will be placed in 11 towns including Dumfries, Stranraer and Moffat.
A group of retailers have been angered over Carlisle City Council's proposed plans to scrap CCTV in shops from 2014.
Reay Howie, a regional official with the city's branch of 'Retailers Against Crime', says that small shops which cannot afford to pay security guards will suffer most.
An image of the man who caused damage to the Southern Fried Chicken Takeaway on Botchergate in Carlisle has been released.
Cumbria Police say the incident happened at around 1.50am on Saturday 14th December, when a man kicked the premises window, causing around £300-£400 worth of damage.
Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact PC Claire Bailey in Carlisle on 101.
CCTV footage of a woman being assaulted in Carlisle on October 28th, has been released by detectives.
The 24-year-old was punched in the head and fell to the ground as she attempted to break up a fight between two men at Court Square in the town.
She suffered a fractured skull and bleeds to the brain, and is still recovering at home.
Anyone with any information can contact Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The video can be viewed on the Cumbria Police website.
Police in Carlisle have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to regarding some counterfeit currency.
At around 11:45 am on Wednesday 22nd August counterfeit currency was presented at a newsagent in The Market, Carlisle.
Police would like trace the man wearing a grey coat, who had short dark hair, who is seen approaching the counter at The Paper Shop newsagent, as shown in the footage.
Police are asking anyone who recognises this person, to contact Carlisle Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111