Parcel locker crime fear rejected retrospectively

The retention of a parcel locker attached to a parade of retail units in the west Midlands would not lead to an increase of crime or anti-social behaviour an inspector decided after reviewing the impact of the development over the past eight months.

The locker had been in situ for some time and whilst it could contain items of value there had not been any reported incidents of crime associated with its use. It was in good condition and was illuminated with security cameras mounted directly above and adjacent to the machine. The cameras operated on face recognition software with recordings accessed via a remote server. This would act as a deterrent to potential criminal activity he held. Consequently the locker did not materially increase the opportunities for crime or fear of crime nor adversely affect the personal safety of customers or operatives.

Inspector: Tom Cannon; Written representations

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