Big Brother is watch­ing

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Fen­ner

BIG brother will be watch­ing City of Mandurah res­i­dents through new CCTV cam­eras to be placed in crime hot spots.

Next year, CCTV cam­eras will be in­stalled at Keith Holmes Re­serve, Mandurah Ter­race, Pin­jarra Road, Sholl Street, part of the east­ern fore­shore, Bar­racks Lane and Smart Street Mall.

Mandurah MLA David Tem­ple­man de­liv­ered the $350,000 elec­tion com­mit­ment to the City, which will be used to in­stall CCTV cam­eras, up­grade ex­ist­ing cam­eras and the fi­bre op­tic net­work, and carry out a business en­gage­ment project.

Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said the Com­mu­nity Safety Mandurah project would make the City’s sys­tem more re­li­able and pro­vide bet­ter cov­er­age of en­ter­tain­ment and tourist ar­eas.

“Com­mu­nity safety and crime re­duc­tion is a big pri­or­ity for the City, so the roll­out of ex­tra and im­proved CCTV ca­pa­bil­i­ties is a big step for­ward in mak­ing Mandurah a safer place,” he said.

“It’s so im­por­tant that peo­ple feel safe while en­joy­ing our city cen­tre and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas and the City’s in­vest­ment in CCTV over the past six years is just part of the so­lu­tion in re­duc­ing vi­o­lence and crime.”

Mr Tem­ple­man said he was pleased to see the project up and run­ning and be­lieved it was a vi­tal project for im­prov­ing safety in Mandurah.

“Ev­ery­one in Mandurah wants to be re­as­sured that this area is un­der sur­veil­lance and that th­ese cam­eras will be a de­ter­rent to un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour into the fu­ture,” he said.

“The many fam­i­lies who use the fore­shore area de­serve to feel safe.”

With the City work­ing in part­ner­ship with WA Po­lice, the roll­out has started and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Au­gust 2018.

So far, new CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled and Smart Street Mall cam­eras have been up­graded.

The new cam­eras will cap­ture blind spots at this lo­ca­tion as recog­nised by po­lice.

Mandurah of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Steve Thomp­son said po­lice were par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on polic­ing Mandurah’s city cen­tre and fore­shore ar­eas.

Po­lice had worked hard with the City to seek the right CCTV equip­ment for the right places.

“CCTV is a crucial tool in the de­ter­rent and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, and im­por­tantly in se­cur­ing con­vic­tions in the courts,” Sgt Thomp­son said.

“Mandurah Po­lice look for­ward to the in­creased ca­pa­bil­i­ties this new project of­fers.”

The footage will be able to be viewed by the City and will be linked to the Mandurah po­lice sta­tion through the City’s CCTV sys­tem, help­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The State Gov­ern­ment pro­vided fund­ing through the State CCTV Strat­egy In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d475875

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams and Mandurah Po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Steve Thomp­son (front) with Haylee Bul­lock, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man, Cr Merv Darcy and Kel­lie Wil­son.

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