More CCTV in hotspots

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Onslow’s CCTV net­work has been ex­panded to im­prove cov­er­age of hotspots for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in town with fund­ing as­sis­tance from a com­mu­nity safety grant.

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton re­ceived $12,750 for three new cam­eras as one of 14 re­gional WA com­mu­ni­ties to be awarded un­der round two of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $40 mil­lion Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, an­nounced last week.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said the ex­tra cam­eras had al­ready been in­stalled in sev­eral ar­eas of towns iden­ti­fied as needing more sur­veil­lance be­cause of on­go­ing crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“Cam­eras (were) al­ready in place at the Onslow Aquatic Cen­tre, Shire com­plex, mul­ti­pur­pose courts and the mul­ti­pur­pose cen­tre, and the Shire, the po­lice and lo­cals wanted to see ad­di­tional cov­er­age for other key ar­eas in town,” she said.

“Three ad­di­tional CCTV cam­eras were in­stalled at the wa­ter spray park, com­mu­nity gar­den and BHP fish­bowl skatepark.

“With sur­veil­lance cov­er­age now in­stalled at each of the ma­jor ameni­ties in town, these pop­u­lar fa­cil­i­ties can con­tinue to be en­joyed by the com­mu­nity with­out dis­rup­tion due to theft and dam­age.”

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the grants would im­prove safety in re­gional towns that could be vul­ner­a­ble to crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

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