CCTV back on radar

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CCTV is “on the radar” for Port Dou­glas and Moss­man.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil community, sport and cul­tural ser­vices man­ager Ian Lowth said the Dou­glas re­gion would be con­sid­ered for CCTV fund­ing as part of 2013/14 bud­get con­sid­er­a­tions.

Coun­cil has ap­plied to the State Gov­ern­ment for a $100,000 sub­sidy to ex­pand its Ci­tySafe pro­gram, which has more than 70 CCTV cam­eras in­stalled around the Cairns CBD which are mon­i­tored 24 hours a day.

The sub­sidy would en­able coun­cil to ex­pand its fi­bre op­tic net­work with sev­eral wire­less cam­eras to be in­stalled around West Cairns and on the fringes of the CBD.

Mr Lowth said while CCTV for Port Dou­glas and Moss­man was not in the cur­rent bud­get, a re­view of the Ci­tySafe pro­gram to de­ter­mine pri­or­i­ties for the next five years in­cluded the Dou­glas re­gion.

The use of wire­less cam­eras would mean Port Dou­glas and Moss­man could be mon­i­tored as part of the Ci­tySafe pro­gram.

“It would be a longer-g term op­tion as there are tech­ni­cal is­sues which make it more ex­pen­sive due to the dis­tance but it is likely to be con­sid­ered as part of coun­cil’s 2013/14 cap­i­tal works bud­get,” Mr Lowth said.

“The views of po­lice and data from crime stats would be in­cor­po­rated into any de­ci­sion to ex­pand the Ci­tySafe net­work.

“It may be that coun­cil de­cides to in­stall a stand­alone cam­era in Port Dou­glas or Moss­man as a first step be­fore the wire­less tech­nol­ogy is in­tro­duced to mon­i­tor the cam­eras in real time.”

Port Dou­glas Po­lice Of­fi­cer-in­Charge Se­nior Sergeant Damian Mead­ows said he was is in favour of CCTV in the re­gion.

“I’m in favour of any tool in aid of po­lice in iden­ti­fy­ing of­fend­ers and as­sist­ing in pros­e­cu­tions and also a tool in mak­ing Port Dou­glas a bet­ter safer place,” he said.

“A lot of mi­nor of­fences peo­ple re­port to po­lice has no leads what­so­ever and it’s quite frus­trat­ing to solve mat­ters like that with no sup­port­ive ev­i­dence.

“But it if we had the equip­ment po­lice could ac­cess eas­ily enough, we’d be for­tu­nate.”

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