CCTV will tell you to keep out


Rhian Waller

TRESSPASSERS will be warned away from a Rhyl water play area by a “speaking” CCTV system.

Voice modules have been attached to cameras around the Rhyl Drift Park water play area to stop people entering out of hours.

A Denbighshire spokeswoman said: “The move was prompted following numerous occasions where people have been entering the area out of hours, which could have serious health and safety implications.

“The facility has to be manned when open to ensure that people are safe. The staff are required to check the facility for any hazards, to ensure that no small children wander in and get into difficulty if they can’t swim, as well as constantly monitoring the water quality.”

The bilingual pre-recorded message warns people that they should leave the facility immediately for their own safety, or the police will be called.

Ian Olson, Denbighshire’s Coastal Facilities officer, said: “If people are in the facility out of hours we cannot guarantee their safety and it causes a number of issues for us and results in council officers and the police having to attend to ask these people to leave the facility.

“Through working with CCTV staff, we have now installed a voice module on the CCTV camera there. This voice box is operated by CCTV Control Room staff and can be triggered when they see people in the facility out of hours.”

This is the first time this type of unit has been installed in Denbighshire. It is hoped that the system will help to reduce the number of callouts to the council and the police.

The Drift Park Water Play area should be open to the public from May 28 to September 4, weather permitting.

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