CCTV has the numbers
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.”