City of Bayswater crime in sharper focus with new CCTV coverage

City of Bayswater crime in sharper focus with new CCTV coverage

NEARLY $200,000 worth of new CCTV cameras will be installed in the Bayswater town centre in an effort to combat crime.

The grant follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the City of Bayswater and WA Police in December last year. Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates said the City was now sourcing quotes, ready to install the cameras by the end of the year.

She said the memorandum meant the two parties shared CCTV data and information.

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“We have been working closely with local police to identify appropriate CCTV camera locations around the Bayswater town centre,” she said.

Bayswater Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn said more cameras would open new lines of inquiry for different cases.

“Over the years the technology has gotten so good now that we can identify people from stills that we drag off the CCTV footage,” he said.

“It’s information we probably wouldn’t have gotten 15 years ago. If we have an offence reported to us, that’s a catalyst for us to touch base with the City of Bayswater and establish whether that particular matter has potentially been filmed.

“They will then scour their footage to try find the offence we’re investigating.”

Sgt Waghorn said a high volume of people drove through Bayswater and walked through from the train. The cameras were capable of recording individuals and picking up car licence plate numbers.

At a meeting last week, the council moved to develop a CCTV strategy in an effort to make the system more effective and officers would now seek quotes from consultants.

The City has more than 100 CCTV cameras but the cameras are not actively monitored. The strategy will form part of a wider City community crime and safety prevention plan.