COUNCILLOR has questioned the effectiveness of CCTV cameras in catching criminals.
The SNP’s Bill Cormie voiced his concerns during Inspector Graeme Coutts’ final community report to Rosemount Community Council before the officer retired.
Cllr Cormie said: “When CCTV was introduced in Rosemount about six years ago, everyone thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.
“But then we’ve had several shops broken into in Rosemount over the past few years, panes of glass smashed to break in and we’ve got CCTV cameras covering the whole of Rosemount Place but no results from them.
Insp Coutts defended the use of CCTV, but acknowledged its limitations outwith the city centre.
He said: “What we have to understand is that outside the city centre nobody sits looking specifically through these cameras.
“The people that operate them are quite good at positioning them all to cover as much as they can, but with no one monitoring them, if they’re not pointing in the right direction, nobody gets picked up.”