THERE will be plenty of people dead against any moves to install CCTV cameras in Port Douglas and Mossman.
Many long-time locals in particular would see it as an intrusion on their way of life and an unnecessary intrusion on personal freedoms.
While these opinions are certainly valid, the fact remains that if you’re doing nothing wrong in the first place then you have nothing to fear.
If CCTV stops one rape, one unnecessary unprovoked assault or one senseless act of vandalism against a local business then it’s well worth it.
Mossman business owners in particular are regularly cleaning up after idiots who kick in their front windows for no reason at all.
The cost and inconvenience of this is just another burden in already tough times. Sure it can be argued that what we really need is police on the streets to prevent these crimes, but the reality is this is not going to happen.
CCTV on the other hand is one option the community can put its hand up for.
Cairns Regional Council’s City Safe program is an important tool in policing the Cairns CBD.
Security officers monitor the cameras and alert police if there is any problems and they are able to act immediately.
The success of the program is likely to see it expanded to other areas over the next few years.
People in the Douglas region may complain they don’t want to pay for it, but if we disregard the technology then the residents of Edmonton or another Cairns suburb most probably won’t and we’ll be paying for it anyway for no benefit.
I grew up in a small country town and like most people escaped to Port Douglas for the lifestyle and comfort of living in a close-knit community.
But the reality is, every week there are innocent people targeted by morons who assault others or cause damage just for the hell of it.
Tourists are also likely to feel more secure if they know there is someone looking over their shoulder in case they are threatened.
It is up to the community to decide whether it wants CCTV or not.
For those who are very strongly against it, it will be hard to complain if they are ever the victim of a crime where CCTV might have saved them.