Elec­tronic eyes on City fol­low­ing grant

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Manning -

SOUTH Perth is about to get safer with the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV.

The coun­cil has re­ceived $25,000 from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Crime Pre­ven­tion Fund to­wards the City of South Perth Ge­orge Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre (GBLC) and Gowrie WA CCTV Project that seeks to re­duce anti-so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“In­creas­ing the CCTV cov­er­age will di­rectly ben­e­fit around 100 fam­i­lies at the Gowrie, and will pro­vide a safer en­vi­ron­ment for vis­i­tors and sur­round­ing homes,” South Perth MLA John McGrath said.

“Both fa­cil­i­ties are well used by many fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als and groups and the ad­di­tional CCTV will pro­vide a sense of se­cu­rity dur­ing the hours of early morn­ing and late evening,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said. Last Novem­ber, Kens­ing­ton Sergeant Ash Goy said his team was con­cerned about in­creased car breakins.

“Vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas in­clude shop­ping cen­tre car parks, back streets with lit­tle or no light­ing, public open space and ovals where sport­ing clubs train and com­pete,” he said. Sgt Goy said many breakins at the GBLC oc­curred in the early evening.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

City of South Perth’s Mar­garet King with Gowrie WA chief ex­ec­u­tive To­nia West­more.

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