The district’s CCTV cameras helped police arrest 274 people last year, according to figures released by Canterbury City Council.
The authority operates a 24-hour control room which over the 12-month period captured more than 3,000 incidents.
As well as the arrests, camera operators were able to provide support for 1,667 public order incidents and searched for 285 missing people over 2017.
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They also aided the fire or ambulance services 204 times as they helped the emergency services support people attempting suicide or those vulnerable through the consumption of alcohol, drugs or suffering with health problems.
Cllr Neil Baker, the council’s communities chairman, believes the figures demonstrate the merit of the CCTV system.
He said: “The district is home to thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses, is a thriving tourist destination not least because of the draw of Canterbury Cathedral and boasts three universities so there are huge numbers of people who expect us to help keep them safe, prevent crime and help Kent Police to catch criminals 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
“That’s why we are proud of our network of 330 cameras, 96 of which are public facing.
“Canterbury recently received the Purple Flag award for its thriving evening and night-time economy and for promoting the safety and wellbeing of its visitors and residents between the hours of 5pm and 5am. Our cameras play a vital role in this.”
The council’s control room also operates Lifeline, a personal alarm and monitoring service which looks after vulnerable and elderly people and has more than 3,500 customers.
Later this year, the council will roll out its camera-controlled car parks using the latest technology available. It will allow drivers to park without needing tickets. Click here to find out more about the new system coming in.