COUNCIL PUSH FOR CAMERAS
CRIMINAL behaviour in New Norfolk could soon be reduced with the Derwent Valley Council asking for more security cameras to be installed at council-owned properties.
The council wants to install 13 surveillance cameras across a number of New Norfolk properties, including a southfacing camera at the Derwent Valley Council chambers in Circle St and one in Tank St monitoring traffic flow.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said the installation of new cameras, which is expected to cost about $95,000, would go a long way in detecting and deterring criminal activity.
“Having more cameras around the streets of New Norfolk presents an opportunity going forward to provide more safety and it will assist with policing,” Cr Evans said.
“It will be great for our community and I think it’s a great initiative by the council following the Federal Governmentfunded installation of cameras on High Street.”
After a string of vandalism and arson attacks at New Norfolk’s Willow Court in recent months, which saw the destruction of the historic Glenora House, Cr Evans said 24-hour monitoring of the area would help protect the precinct.
“Willow Court is a national treasure for us and the council has been mindful of the recent vandalism there,” Cr Evans said.
“We expect having cameras around the precinct will assist in preventing further crime.”
New Norfolk Police Sergeant Chris Hey said new security cameras would be instrumental in fighting crime, but would not stop it altogether.
“Cameras only do so much,” Sgt Hey said.
“But there’s certainly been incidents of crime on the streets where if there had been cameras appropriately positioned, it would have assisted police with investigations.”
Sgt Hey said the cameras would be used for security measures only.
“They are for everybody’s protection,” he said. “From our perspective security cameras are investigative tools for police to look back on when something major happens. They aren’t there for someone to be constantly watching.” Cr Evans agreed. “There may be a few people who feel like this will be a case of Big Brother watching, but that’s not the case at all,” he said.
“Our responsibility is to provide safety for all residents and deliver safe outcomes for all places to live. I would welcome more cameras going forward, and that’s something we as a council can look into.”
Cr Evans also confirmed the council was seeking requests for proposal for security improvements to infrastructure inside the council administration building and works depot.