CCTV network to expand
THE City of Vincent Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) will increase the number of cameras in its network from eight to 33 by the end of the month.
The City was last year awarded $250,000 from the WA Police State CCTV Strategy to upgrade and expand its CCTV system in the Leederville town centre.
The high definition cameras will be installed in 10 locations, including outside Cranked, which owner Jo Parker has welcomed, despite facing very few crime related issues.
“We haven’t had too many issues because we are open during the day and most anti-social behaviour happens at night or the early morning,” she said.
“Sometimes there is mess left for us to clean up in the mornings, and our plant pots have been broken before and plants ripped out, but that was a while ago. But I think the more cameras, the better.”
Mayor Emma Cole said the cameras would “provide the local community, businesses and visitors to Leederville a safer place to live, work and connect”.
“The installation of these new cameras is very timely as community safety has been top of mind in Leederville,” she said.
“We’ve been talking with our community throughout our Imagine Vincent community engagement campaign, and local businesses have been asking for more CCTV to create a stronger sense of safety in our vibrant town centres.”
WA Police Senior Sergent Julie Foley said CCTV footage was an important investigative tool that assisted police in identifying offenders and deterred criminal behaviour.