Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland health trust to spend £100k on CCTV upgrade in bid to deter thieves

A Northern Ireland health trust is to spend £100,000 upgrading CCTV across its sites following a number of recent incidents of damage to and theft from vehicles.

The Southern Trust will use the funding in a bid to improve car park security, accessibility and traffic flow.

In September last year a nurse returned to her car outside Craigavon Area Hospital after finishing a shift only to find the wheels of her vehicle had been stolen. 

Helen O'Neill, Southern Trust director of finance, procurement and estates said: “Regrettably there have been a number of recent incidents of damage to and theft from vehicles on our sites, causing great distress to patients, visitors and our own staff.

“We hope that increased CCTV coverage will help to deter thieves, encourage more people to report accidental damage and help to make everyone feel more secure when using our services or coming to work.

“We are always working to improve traffic flow and car parking within the limited space and resource available to us. However, we also appeal to drivers to please take the same care as you would on any other public road or car park when driving within Trust grounds.”

The Trust asked drivers to:

  • Drive slowly.
  • Respect disabled parking spaces, red hatched zones and emergency access.
  • Park responsibly within the white lines to allow best use of spaces.
  • If your vehicle is damaged or you accidently cause damage to another vehicle – report as an incident and if necessary contact the PSNI.

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