CCTV to de­ter an­ti­so­cial acts

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

A PERTH hos­tel owner hopes new CCTV will de­ter peo­ple from uri­nat­ing, defe­cat­ing, tak­ing drugs and hav­ing sex in “blind spots” out­side the premises.

Jon Luk­man, who runs the Kan­ga­roo Inn on Mur­ray Street, said the hos­tel had been tar­geted and staff ter­rorised by an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour for years.

He said the prob­lem peaked last year.

The hos­tel re­ceived $10,000 of fund­ing through the City of Perth East End im­prove­ment grants for the new sur­veil­lance equip­ment.

“Last year was hor­ren­dous,” Mr Luk­man said.

“The is­sue has im­proved some­what, with faster po­lice re­sponse times – I would say we call the po­lice once or twice a month.

“Hope­fully the ex­tra sur­veil­lance cam­eras will make peo­ple think twice. It also helps the po­lice in their ev­i­dence gath­er­ing.”

Mr Luk­man said hos­tel win­dows had been smashed, prop­erty stolen and walls graf­fi­tied.

He said he was forced to in­stall more gates to keep of­fend­ers out of the carpark.

Mr Luk­man praised po­lice and coun­cil work­ers.

“We have ap­proached the po­lice and the coun­cil about these is­sues and they have taken them on,” he said.

“I feel sorry for the po­lice be­cause there is only so much that they can do, apart from mov­ing peo­ple on.

“The coun­cil work­ers are fan­tas­tic; you can call them and they are al­ways happy to as­sist where they can.”

Chair of Com­mis­sion­ers Eric Lums­den said the East End was at­tract­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est for en­hance­ment through pub­lic and pri­vate in­vest­ment.

The East End Im­prove­ment Model was adopted by the coun­cil last year and grants com­ple­ment cur­rent and pro­grammed pub­lic en­hance­ment projects.

The up­grades will be car­ried out by the end of the month.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484102

An­drea Tan at Kan­ga­roo Inn back­pack­ers hos­tel, where CCTV has been in­stalled out­side to de­ter anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

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