Vandalism of safety cameras is putting road users at great risk

CRIMINALS targeted a safety camera on the A68 near to Newton St Boswells and stole the camera housing sometime between Thursday, December 6, and Sunday, December 9, bringing the total number of incidents to three over recent months.

The other cameras targeted were located at Birkenside, just north of Earlston and at Headshaw, just north of Oxton.

Police are investigating the incident and are treating it as theft, vandalism and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Inspector Brian Jones, Scottish Borders Road Policing Branch for Lothian and Borders Police, said: “Lothian and Borders Police is taking this very seriously and are investigating. If any member of the public has information they think might relate to any of the crimes please contact the police on 0131 311 3131 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously. It could be that a passing motorist witnessed what they thought was a maintenance vehicle servicing the camera and this might not have been the case.”

Safety cameras are located at places where there is a history of collisions and speeding; removing the safety cameras from their locations puts all motorists at a greater danger and can have an adverse effect on the communities in which they are situated.

The most recent Statistical Bulletin regarding safety cameras published by the Scottish Government evidences the role that safety cameras play in reducing the amount of casualties on our roads as the number of people killed or seriously injured at safety camera sites is 63 per cent lower after camera enforcement.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for community safety, Councillor Donald Moffat said: “The cameras are there for a very good reason - to prevent accidents and deter motorists from speeding. These attacks are putting motorists on the A68 at a greater risk of being involved in what could be a serious collision.”