A councillor has warned that losing CCTV coverage in Wrexham town centre is not an option.
Cllr Malcolm King believes time is running out for Wrexham Council to ensure the town continues to benefit from the service which many believe is vital in the fight against crime.
While the council is responsible for manning the cameras and monitoring the footage, the authority puts out a tender to find a company to provide the cameras.
Because the technology is always improving the current equipment will be obsolete within 18 months.
Cllr King, lead member for policy, finance, performance and governance, is calling on the council to safeguard the provision and make the system a priority.
He said: “Time is running out. There’s a timescale for how long it takes to tender and we’re edging up to that deadline.
“We have got to have a new system on the shelf and ready to go as soon as possible.”
The future of Wrexham’s CCTV has been uncertain for some time.
In June fears were raised control of the town’s system could be moved to Colwyn Bay prompting organisations such as Nightsafe and Pubwatch to claim it could set Wrexham back 10 years if given the go ahead.
It was claimed the system would be less successful in fighting crime if control was moved out of the area and the local knowledge put to good use by staff who man the cameras would be lost.
A spokesman for Wrexham Council confirmed the provision is maintained on an annual basis and the regional review is currently taking place, to conclude this year.
Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member for communities, collaboration and partnerships, agreed Wrexham’s CCTV was a valued tool in crime reduction.
He said: “Work is ongoing with partners to achieve a locally-based CCTV operation.
“We are also exploring the possibility of upgrading some of our CCTV provision to a more modern, digital platform.
“I am meeting with the lead members from the other five North Wales authorities on January 16 and after this it is hoped that a clearer picture will emerge.
“The recent successful prosecutions using Wrexham CCTV demonstrate the importance of maintaining local knowledge and expertise.”