Po­lice on beat bet­ter than CCTV

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HAV­ING po­lice on the beat is the “best pro­tec­tion” from crime, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Vickie Chap­man says, amid crit­i­cism of cuts to CCTV fund­ing in the State Bud­get.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Peter Malin­auskas said yes­ter­day the Bud­get had cut $4 mil­lion in grants which help fund the in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance of CCTV cam­eras across SA.

“Com­mu­nity safety should al­ways be the num­ber one pri­or­ity of any gov­ern­ment,” he said. “CCTV cam­eras can go a long way to im­prov­ing com­mu­nity safety, both as a de­ter­rent but also as a use­ful tool for po­lice to be able to catch per­pe­tra­tors who com­mit crim­i­nal acts.

Ms Chap­man said she was “pri­ori­tis­ing putting po­lice on the beat”. “The best pro­tec­tion the pub­lic can have is a po­lice of­fi­cer at the scene of trouble as soon as pos­si­ble,” she said.

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