CCTV FOCUS ON ARRESTING CRIME
COMMUNITY vigilance is on the rise with dash cams and CCTV at homes becoming the norm. While this footage is often used for our entertainment, it could now help our people in blue catch crims with last week’s launch of a draft police strategy that would allow cops access to private CCTV devices, with the owner’s permission of course. It means bad behaviour will be on show to help ensure offenders suffer the consequences. No doubt it will cause ire among the civil libertarians but the message is simple: do the right thing and video footage of you won’t end up with the police. It’s unfortunate that people have to resort to installing CCTV in their homes or businesses but desperate times call for desperate measures. The community aren’t the only people pushing video evidence on to the police, the Public Transport Authority has the most comprehensive video operations centre in the city. Their footage in and around public transport hubs is often called on to help solve crimes. Let’s call this draft police policy another level of teamwork.
Denise S. Cahill - Editor