Ex­pand CCTV net­work - Mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

CLARE­MONT Mayor Jock Barker says the Town’s CCTV net­work, which was in­stalled dur­ing the Clare­mont serial killings, should be ex­panded.

“Yes, ab­so­lutely I would like to see as much sur­veil­lance as prac­ti­cal, given the way life has changed,” Mr Barker said.

Sev­eral coun­cil-in­stalled CCTV cam­eras are in the town’s CBD. The great­est num­ber are in Bayview Ter­race and St Quentin’s Av­enue.

The high-def­i­ni­tion footage is not mon­i­tored by a per­son but recorded to be used by the coun­cil or po­lice for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter in­ci­dents or crimes.

Mr Barker said any ex­tra cov­er­age of the town had proven to be worth­while be­cause the cam­eras had al­ready helped solve crimes, in­clud­ing bur­glar­ies and as­saults.

He said the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to staff and pub­lic se­cu­rity in­cluded its rangers and park­ing in­spec­tors tri­alling Go-Pro cam­era vests for the past two months, as well as the vests’ use at spe­cial events to com­bat anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The first type of CCTV in­stalled in the town was op­posed by former Clare­mont mayor Peter Weygers dur­ing the time Ciara Glen­non, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rim­mer dis­ap­peared af­ter so­cial­is­ing in Clare­mont in 1996 and 1997.

Mr Weygers is un­der­stood to be over­seas and could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

Mr Barker said an apol­ogy was still needed for the sus­pi­cion brought on his pre­de­ces­sor when he was iden­ti­fied as a per­son of in­ter­est by po­lice, in­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors giv­ing Mr Weygers a ques­tion­naire ask­ing, among oth­ers, whether he killed any of the miss­ing or dead women.

A po­lice spokesman would not com­ment on an apol­ogy be­cause the al­leged killer of two of the miss­ing women was be­fore the courts and there was an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A Kew­dale man (48) charged with the mur­ders of Ms Glen­non and Ms Rim­mer, and sex­ual as­saults of teenage women in Hunt­ing­dale in 1988 and Clare­mont in 1995, will ap­pear at Supreme Court Gar­dens Mag­is­trates Court next Wed­nes­day.

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