Police on beat better than CCTV
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.