CCTV net­work to ex­pand

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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