CCTV roll-out set for crime fight

Eastern Reporter - - News -

BALLAJURA Po­lice Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Dale Sear­les says crime rates in No­randa will con­tinue to drop once the City of Bayswa­ter starts to roll out 22 new CCTV cam­eras.

The City of Bayswa­ter was granted $147,000 from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to in­stall CCTV cam­eras at the No­randa Sport­ing Com­plex and Robert Thomp­son Re­serve af­ter a pre-elec­tion com­mit­ment made by Stir­ling MHR Michael Keenan.

There are cur­rently about 180 CCTV cam­eras op­er­at­ing in the Bayswa­ter, May­lands and Mor­ley town cen­tres.

Sgt Sear­les said crime in No­randa had dropped about 6 per cent since Jan­uary, as well as over a five-year pe­riod.

He said CCTV cam­eras acted as a “vis­ual de­ter­rent” and helped po­lice iden­tify po­ten­tial sus­pects.

“The shop­ping cen­tre is a fo­cal point, it does at­tract some un­to­ward peo­ple, so hav­ing the cam­eras in this area will cer­tainly help ben­e­fit our in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said. “The more we can do to make it harder for ‘bad­dies’ to com­mit of­fences the bet­ter.

“We are work­ing with No­randa shops in re­la­tion to shoplift­ing and all the usual steal­ing and steal­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles (is­sues).”

Bayswa­ter Mayor Barry McKenna said CCTV cam­eras var­ied in cost from a few hun­dred dol­lars up to $5000.

“The in­stal­la­tion of these new cam­eras will com­mence prior to Christ­mas,” he said.

“Footage will be recorded on a se­cure server and made avail­able to City se­cu­rity staff via a wire­less link across the City.

“A CCTV Pol­icy and Strat­egy is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped by the City, which will as­sist in in­form­ing any fu­ture pro­posed in­stal­la­tions.”

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Bayswa­ter Mayor Barry McKenna and Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Dale Sear­les.

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