Extra CCTV for Dog Kennel Walk in crime cut bid

Dog Kennel Walk
Dog Kennel Walk

New CCTV cameras are to be installed in a notorious crime alley that links Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

Security is being stepped up following a series of assaults and robberies, highlighted by the Gazette, in Dog Kennel Walk.

Victims have included nine-months-pregnant Terri Taylor, who was viciously attacked on her way to a medical appointment, and a 17-year-old mum-to-be, who had contractions after she was set upon by muggers.

Following the attack on Terri in June 2012, the then Chief Constable of Bedfordshire, Alf Hitchcock, visited the crime scene and Central Beds Council said extra safety measures would be introdcued.

The council promised that overgrown shrubs would be pruned, lighting increased and more security cameras put up.

Work is now due to start on installing more CCTV in Dog Kennel Walk after funding from Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices. Seven cameras will be erected and they should be fully operational by the end of February 2015 “using a combination of existing circuits and secure wireless technology to send images to the control room”.

The council said the cameras are “designed to improve safety and drive out crime and anti-social behaviour along the path, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 6.”

Dog Kennel Walk will remain open while the work takes place, but there may be some disruption for a short period when the poles are erected.

In April this year, a 58-year-old woman was subjected to an attempted handbag snatch on the pathway.

Other victims have included two teenage brothers, who were robbed and threatened, and a 24-year-old man, who was robbed and punched.

Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning and economic development at Central Beds Council, said: “The addition of CCTV to Dog Kennel Walk should help to make the route safer and more pleasant for residents to use, improving connectivity between Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the countryside beyond for walkers and cyclists.”