A new CCTV system officially launched in Warrnambool today will help police keep a closer eye on crime and create a safer entertainment precinct.
The Warrnambool City Council received $168,000 from the Victorian Government to install nine closed circuit TV cameras across seven sites in Warrnambool’s late night entertainment precinct.
The camera sites were determined in consultation with Victoria Police, to help prevent graffiti, vandalism, alcohol-fuelled violence and other anti-social behaviour.
The cameras are linked to equipment at the Warrnambool Police Station, where police officers can monitor footage, particularly during peak periods.
This will help police identify offenders and investigate a range of crimes, including property damage, drug issues and burglary.
The cameras, in combination with other crime prevention initiatives demonstrates the council’s strong commitment to helping residents and visitors feel safe in their community, and deterring people from committing crime.
The Victorian Government is dedicated to supporting communities to ensure they have vital equipment to achieve this.
As part of the Victorian Government’s $5.8 million investment in community crime prevention, applications for funding of locally-based crime prevention projects and public
safety improvements are now open.
Grants of up to $10,000 from the Community Safety Fund are open to community groups and local councils that identify local crime problems and develop a response to issues of crime.
Victorian councils can also apply for up to $250,000 under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund to improve community safety with innovative urban design and technologies such as CCTV and lighting.
For more information on the grants programs, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Ms Gayle Tierney MP
“CCTV cameras are one of a number of ways we can help ensure the community can safely enjoy the shopping, restaurants and nightlife.”
“The cameras will act as a deterrent to anyone thinking about committing a crime and help support a safer environment for locals and visitors alike.”
“I look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Warrnambool and local councils throughout the state to deliver safer communities across Victoria.”