CCTV helps police find man
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.