Moss­man not keen on CCTV

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

MEM­BERS of the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce have given the “thumbs down” to the pro­posal for CCTV se­cu­rity cam­eras to be in­stalled in the town.

Vice pres­i­dent David Cot­ton opened a dis­cus­sion about CCTV at last week’s monthly meet­ing and found mem­bers were firmly against the idea.

“Al­though the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce thinks CCTV is good we, the mem­bers of the cham­ber, be­lieve it is a waste of tax­payer’s money,” he said.

“We be­lieve that walk­ing down the streets of Moss­man and Port Dou­glas is safe - the only rea­son vi­o­lence takes place in ei­ther town is purely fu­elled by al­co­hol.

“There­fore we be­lieve that the pubs, clubs and bars who serve the al­co­hol should be re­spon­si­ble for in­stalling their own CCTV se­cu­rity cam­eras or they need to take mea­sures in con­trol­ling their pa­trons.”

The Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce has backed a push by lo­cal po­lice to in­stall CCTV in strate­gic lo­ca­tions to re­act to crimes as they hap­pen and use as ev­i­dence in pros­e­cu­tions.

The in­stal­la­tion of the cam­eras would be paid for by the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and mon­i­tored by coun­cil’s City Safe 24-hour se­cu­rity team in Cairns.

CCTV cur­rently op­er­ates in the Cairns CBD and the coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing which ar­eas to roll the pro­gram out to next, de­pend­ing on a study by James Cook Univer­sity on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ini­tia­tive.

Moss­man po­lice have also in­di­cated they would sup­port the roll­out of CCTV in Moss­man’s Front St.

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