CCTV has the num­bers

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

THE City of Fre­man­tle will have five fixed num­ber­plate recog­ni­tion cam­eras.

Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors passed its CCTV plan for 2019-2023, with fund­ing from a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant last, week.

The up­grade in­cludes an ad­di­tional 25 fixed high-def­i­ni­tion CCTV cam­eras, two mo­bile CCTV trail­ers and fu­ture ex­pan­sion of CCTV in sur­round­ing sub­urbs at key lo­ca­tions.

The five au­to­matic num­ber­plate cam­eras will be on the in­ter­sec­tions of Queen Vic­to­ria Street and Parry Street, High Street and Parry Street, Beach Street and Parry Street, South Ter­race and Suf­folk Street, and Ma­rine Ter­race and Nor­folk Street.

The cam­eras scan the num­ber­plates of all ve­hi­cles that pass.

“For each plate read, an ev­i­den­tial record is cre­ated for the ve­hi­cle com­pris­ing data (time, date and lo­ca­tion) and im­ages,” the re­port said.

“This record is only sent as a data file to po­lice, who may then cross check the im­age against a ve­hi­cle of in­ter­est reg­is­ter.

“The records are stored for 30 days and are deleted at the end of the pe­riod. Only WA Po­lice will have ac­cess to the data.”

There was lit­tle dis­cus­sion about the pol­icy, with only Coun­cil­lor Sam Wain­wright vot­ing against the amend­ment.

“I am not against CCTV in prin­ci­ple and it does have its place,” he said.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Phil Gaz­zone said good-qual­ity CCTV was en­cour­aged.

“It is a tool to de­ter of­fend­ing be­hav­iour and is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered to be ben­e­fi­cial, as it may as­sist as an ad­di­tional av­enue of in­quiry to solv­ing crime and ul­ti­mately pro­vide fur­ther ev­i­dence for pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

“Fur­ther­more, it may help in de­tect­ing crime, as my un­der­stand­ing is the cam­eras will be mon­i­tored by coun­cil staff who alert po­lice for at­ten­dance.”

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