Local police notice ‘deterrent’ effect of Town of Bassendean’s CCTV systems

THE “deterrent” effect of the Town of Bassendean’s seven CCTV systems have contributed to a 20 per cent drop in stealing offences, according to Kiara Police officer-in-charge.

CCTV systems are installed at the customer service centre, the rear of administration building and BIC Reserve, youth services centre, seniors and disability services centre and the library on Old Perth Road.

There is also CCTV located at the Depot compound on Scaddan Street.

In 2012, the Town purchased a mobile CCTV trailer with grant funding.

Senior Sergeant Mark Stoneman said the presence of CCTV discouraged people from committing crime.

“Wherever there is CCTV, people are a little bit more hesitant to do stuff because they are on camera,” he said.

“The City of Swan also has cameras at Altone Park in Beechboro and in a couple of other places.

“So we had quite a bit of CCTV available to us; that is great for us because without that, half the time, we have not gotten a suspect.”

Sgt Stoneman said good policing also played a part in decreased crime rates within the Kiara sub-district, which covered Bassendean, Beechboro, Bennett Springs, Eden Hill, Caversham and Ashfield.

“(Stealing offences) have gone down 10 per cent in the Kiara sub-district and 13 per cent in all offences,” he said.

“I am going to actually try to get a standalone computer in the office to access those (CCTV) cameras so when something happens we can go straight into live feed.”

Town acting chief executive Simon Stewert-Dawkins said the Town submitted a Safer Communities grant application of $99,647 to the Federal Government to install CCTV at Alf Faulkner Hall, corner Mary Crescent and Ivanhoe Street, Eden Hill and Jubilee Reserve.

“The proposed new CCTV systems meet the standard required by WA Police to allow for their new CCTV co-ordinated approach,” he said.

“It’s anticipated that once the grant funding for the new CCTV projects is approved, that the process to operationalise the installations will be completed by early December 2017.”

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