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Highland Council to install CCTV cameras to monitor its public toilets entrances

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CCTV cameras are planned by Highland Council to monitor the exterior entrances of its public toilets.

The council says there has been a number of incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour at its public conveniences, warranting the installation of a £5,000 camera system.

Monitoring will be done following reports of an incident, with trained personnel viewing the footage and if required, passing the details on to the police for them to view and potentially use in a conviction.

The dome CCTV camera will be deployed on a rolling basis, and moved to any sites where issues are emerging.

The idea has been welcomed in Caithness where Thurso and Wick toilets have suffered a spate of vandalism in recent months.

Former Thurso community councillor Alexander Glasgow said: “This has been suggested by community groups and forums often.

“I’d hope there are dummy boxes so it is not obvious when the location is unmonitored.”

The devices will be mounted on street lights or on the external wall of the public conveniences.

They are able to transmit live and recorded video via mobile networks.

A council spokesman said: “Public safety, reduction of anti-social behaviour and vandalism is of utmost importance.

“Recording devices provide a factual record of events where such have been recorded and have been shown to resolve these issues and reduce the fear of crime.”

The Data Protection Act requires a public consultation about the plans.

This is now open and runs until Wednesday June 24.

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