CCTV boost to crime-fighting

Officers from the Bayswater and Morley police stations with City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert, seen here with a CCTV device. Picture: Marcus Whissond424548
Officers from the Bayswater and Morley police stations with City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert, seen here with a CCTV device. Picture: Marcus Whissond424548

The City was awarded a $298,034 Federal Government grant to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras as part of the Safer Streets Program.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said it would address issues raised by the community and council about anti-social behaviour.

‘The use of fixed CCTV will support the City of Bayswater in its commitment to improve community safety in the area and it will help provide the police with evidence relating to alleged offences,’ he said.

‘We will engage the business community in this project.’

Bayswater officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Dave Whitnell said police were faced with several issues associated with both areas, especially because they were accessible by public transport.

‘The Galleria and surrounding areas are often frequented by large groups of adolescents who often participate in anti-social behaviour during times of mass gatherings of shoppers,’ he said.

‘Additionally, theft from retailers is a clear and present problem that needs tackling from all angles.

‘The shopping precinct of Eighth Avenue in Maylands has its own inherent issues associated with crime and anti-social behaviour.’

The installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.