Close-circuit television (CCTV) in Fakenham could be turned off as a cost-cutting measure by North Norfolk District Council.
The town council is inviting members of the public to attend an extraordinary meeting tonight to discuss the district council’s review of its CCTV provision in the area.
The service, which also covers Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham and Wells, costs the district council just under £200,000 per year to operate.
Its review identified three possible courses of action: outsourcing the service, on a responsive basis only, to the borough council; continuing an in-house dedicated service, but with reduced operator hours and using wireless technology; dispensing with the service completely.
Town mayor Adrian Vertigan said: “As a town council we didn’t feel we had enough notice to debate this so we called this extraordinary meeting so the public can have their say.”
Mr Vertigan said the review documents were sent to the council in August, when they were in recess, so the first opportunity they had to discuss them was their meeting on September 10, which was the deadline for feedback.
He said: “As a council, at this moment in time, we can’t really give an opinion on the three options.
“Personally, I feel it would be a great loss to the town if we didn’t have the cameras.”
Mr Vertigan runs the Salvation Army shop in the town centre and said CCTV has been used there to identify and charge someone who stole items left outside of the shop.
The district council will decide on the future of the service at a meeting on October 7.
The district council is looking to make big savings on its outgoings after finding that it has to close an expected £1 million gap in its budget by 2016-17.