CCTV plan a ‘game changer’

LO­CAL COUN­CILS CAN JOIN NET­WORK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

THE State Gov­ern­ment’s draft State CCTV Strat­egy pi­o­neers an in­te­grated CCTV net­work, which will al­low emer­gency ser­vices to re­motely ac­cess any com­pli­ant cam­era sys­tems to help re­spond to emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

The strat­egy was re­leased ear­lier this year and pro­vided the blueprint for how the State Gov­ern­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor could join to­gether to achieve an ef­fec­tive use of in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said a more in­te­grated cam­era net­work could be a po­ten­tial game changer in pre­vent­ing and pros­e­cut­ing crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“This will work on sev­eral lev­els: po­lice can as­sess crime jobs al­most im­me­di­ately, use vi­sion to pros­e­cute of­fend­ers and de­ter crim­i­nal be­hav­iour,” she said.

The Gov­ern­ment has now opened a $5 mil­lion fund­ing pool for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ap­ply to ei­ther in­stall CCTV cam­eras in crime hotspots or up­grade ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture so it can feed into the net­work.

While the Town of Vic­to­ria Park said it would pre­fer to fo­cus on other as­pects, such as light­ing, to make ar­eas safer, the cities of Bel­mont and South Perth said they would con­sider ap­ply­ing for the fund­ing.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ecu- tive Stu­art Cole said Bel­mont had a pro­gram of up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing sys­tems and in­stal­la­tion of sys­tems at new lo­ca­tions.

“The City al­ways ex­plores fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and will as­sess its cur­rent and fu­ture pro­grams to de­ter­mine if ad­di­tional fund­ing will as­sist,” he said.

The City has CCTV sys­tems at many dis­trict shop­ping cen­tre lo­ca­tions, as well as in com­mu­nity hubs such as com­mu­nity cen­tres and pub­lic ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Wright Street bus stop.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the City was im­ple­ment­ing its Com­mu­nity Safety and Crime Preven­tion Plan and had CCTV in­stalled at the Ge­orge Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre and The Gowrie WA in Karawara.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive said the Town would be tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

“Re­search sug­gests pub­lic open space CCTV sys­tems have a min­i­mal im­pact on crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour,” he said.

“The Town would pre­fer, and will con­tinue to fo­cus on, other as­pects of en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign such as light­ing to make ar­eas safer, as well as fos­ter­ing a vi­brant and con­nected com­mu­nity through pro­grams like the Street Meet and Greet to re­duce crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

The Town has CCTV at some of its fa­cil­i­ties and at the pub­lic open space over­look­ing the McCal­lum Park Skate­bowl.

The State Gov­ern­ment has opened a $5 mil­lion fund­ing pool for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ap­ply to in­stall or up­grade CCTV cam­eras.

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