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Carlisle pub bouncers wearing headcams to record trouble

Doormen are wearing evidence-gathering cameras outside Carlisle pubs and clubs in the latest scheme to stop drink-fuelled crime.

Headcams photo
Gary Rushforth from Safe and Sound Security

Bouncers working a number of the doors in the city centre are using headcams that can record exactly what happens if trouble flares as they stand guard.

It is hoped the sight of a camera will act as a deterrent to any thugs or yobs, putting them off the idea of causing problems because they will be caught on film.

The move, introduced in recent months, has been welcomed by police – and door supervisors say it is further evidence of the professional way in which they carry out their jobs.

Sergeant Richard Higgin, who works the city centre beat, said: “This is an extra tool for the door staff. It is a deterrent if anybody is thinking of causing any trouble and it will be a good way of gathering evidence to investigate any incidents that have taken place.”

Carlisle-based Pro-Tect UK Security and Training Ltd provides doormen.

John Lee Jeffrey, managing director, said his firm had used them in places such as Manchester and found them useful, so decided to use them in Carlisle.

He said: “I’ve found them to be excellent. People know they are being recorded.”

Mr Jeffrey said he was thinking of expanding his range of cameras and using them in other towns, such as Dumfries and Lockerbie.

Carlisle firm Safe and Sound Security have been using a camera and say the tactic could be employed at a string of pubs and clubs if they deem it a success.

John Baird, managing director, said: “If anything happens on the street or outside it will capture everything. If we see trouble it can be used as evidence.”

Have your say

i cant understand why people cant go out and enjoy the evening without causing trouble the bouncers do i great job so without them on the doors there would be riots

Posted by witheld on 13 April 2010 at 14:36

I dont go into town that much, but on a recent visit (sat 10 april) i was astounded by the way people address themselves on a nite out, i agree, the bouncer/door personel should have some back up, they do a good but thankless job,

Posted by Pat on 12 April 2010 at 19:16

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