TIM DREW: Have you caught a crime on camera?

HAVE you ever been lucky enough (or sufficiently well-prepared) to have had your camera or mobile phone close at hand when some incident involving criminal activity took place?

Or are your premises equipped with CCTV equipment which has recorded incriminating evidence that resulted in a conviction?

If so, you may be interested to hear that Channel 5 is producing a new six-part series called “Caught on Camera” which revolves around CCTV and camera surveillance.

The aim of the series is to highlight the positive impact that this technology can have on tackling crime. One area to which the producers are paying particular attention is distraction burglary and doorstep crime.

Channel 5 is interested in hearing about incidents of anti-social behaviour and other crimes where suspects may have been caught on camera.

If you think you might be able to help, call Mark Keenan on 0207 308 5468 or email mark.keenan@five.tv

Mark is keen to speak to Neighbourhood Watch members nationwide who may be aware of scams that are currently operating in their area, and from people who have been personally affected by this type of crime.

If you can think of a location which would benefit from the provision of video surveillance, please raise this with your local PCSO or at your next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting.

Don’t forget that you can upload a picture or video capturing incriminating evidence on the Sussex Police website. Please also provide a note of times and dates, circumstances and location.

Amateur photographers are also invited to submit up to three photographs of their choice in support of the national Neighbourhood and Home Watch awards on June 18, this year.

The winner will become our lead photographer, whose work will be featured on the NHW website and supporting press releases.

Lastly, PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will be holding a surgery at Northbrook College, Broadwater Road on Tuesday, May 7, between 7-8pm.