Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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