Expand CCTV network - Mayor
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.