Lo­cal re­ac­tion to new eyes in the sky’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

In­spec­tor Steve O'Con

nell: There is a lot of area to cover, so I think 84 cam­eras are very much wel­come. That gives us the abil­ity to cover most of the Safe Night Precinct, if not all. We wel­come any­thing that is an ex­tra tool in our ar­moury against vi­o­lence and to keep this place safe.

Cr Jan Clif­ford: At night we’ve got se­cu­rity pa­trols that walk around the la­goon, but it’s al­ways wor­ried me – what if some­body had a fit or fell over, or hurt them­selves...and fell into the la­goon? So it has a safety ben­e­fit for peo­ple as well be­cause this will be mon­i­tored by the po­lice af­ter dark. Safe Night Air­lie Beach sec­re­tary Jas­min Lear: This is great news for Air­lie Beach and will hope­fully act as a de­ter­rent for bad be­hav­iour on our street. It will also help po­lice pros­e­cute peo­ple who of­fend, as well as help­ing to iden­tify peo­ple act­ing up.

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