Ards Councillor, Mr McCarthy, said: “I strongly welcome this investment in CCTV. It is however only one step in helping us tackle thug culture across Northern Ireland – more police on the beat are necessary to help further this crackdown.
“Many people feel unsafe walking around our town centres in the evening.This CCTV investment will, I hope, provide everyone with more peace of mind and act as a deterrent to crime.
“It is very poignant that this new CCTV scheme was unveiled in Newtownards, because only last year Grant Dugan was subject to a very serious attack here and was left fighting for his life. I am glad that this scheme will see 87 new cameras installed in 19 towns across Northern Ireland; however, more investment in our police service must accompany this.”