CCTV helps po­lice find man

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

IT is not of­ten you hear of CCTV help­ing to re­unite a fam­ily but that was the case in Fre­man­tle re­cently.

A 64-year-old man with Alzheimer’s dis­ease was re­ported miss­ing and po­lice con­tacted the City of Fre­man­tle’s CCTV op­er­a­tors to help keep a look-out.

The op­er­a­tor lo­cated the man, four hours af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing, walk­ing along South Ter­race.

The City com­mu­nity safety team was con­tacted and stayed with the man un­til po­lice con­tacted his fam­ily.

Fre­man­tle Po­lice act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Phil Gaz­zone said con­duct­ing timely in­ves­ti­ga­tions were a pri­or­ity.

“With­out these re­sources, it could have been very pro­tracted and chal­leng­ing for us,” he said.

“From an op­er­a­tional polic­ing per­spec­tive, the CCTV mon­i­tored by City of Fre­man­tle staff is a valu­able re­source to us, which we rely on to sup­port our daily busi­ness in keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe.”

The com­mu­nity safety team is ad­vised of all miss­ing per­sons cases but this was the first time CCTV had helped find some­one.

As part of a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant, the City of Fre­man­tle is plan­ning to up­grade the CCTV sys­tem to in­clude 25 fixed high def­i­ni­tion CCTV cam­eras, two mo­bile CCTV trail­ers and ex­pand the CCTV net­work in sur­round­ing sub­urbs at key lo­ca­tions.

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