Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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