CRIMEFIGHTERS have been given the cash from the Government to fund a mobile spy vehicle to crackdown on criminals who target 'soft' rural villages in the Sandbach area.
The CCTV vehicle will be used to target nuisance youths, anti-social behaviour and identified trouble hotspots.
It is seen as a vital weapon in the armoury of Congleton and Vale Royal Police and Congleton Borough Council, who bid for the cash.
Council community safety officer Tony Potts said: 'The town centre system has been a success and this rural observation and detection vehicle is an extension of that. It will enable us to go into areas the static system.
'It will be used to target anti-social behaviour and reduce crime and disorder in those areas. It can be deployed in different areas and respond to requests for assistance.'
Borough council leader Rod Fletcher said he was delighted the Home Office had agreed the £37,250 bid.
'The council has put in a number of bids over the years but they are usually discounted because we are not considered to be an area of high need,' said Cllr Fletcher.
'The police say crime has not gone up in the rural areas but a lot of people would disagree. The mobile CCTV vehicle will help stop that.'
The council claims its static CCTV system, which was introduced two years ago, has been a great success.
But there are claims the rural areas have suffered because of the installation of CCTV in the borough's town centres in Sandbach, Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Congleton.
Cllr Fletcher said: 'Some people think it has pushed crime out of the town centres into the rural areas. This new vehicle, though, should help prevent that and act as a deterrent.'