Fremantle: CCTV helps reunites family with missing person

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IT’S not often you hear of CCTV helping to reunite a family but that was the case in Fremantle last month.

On November 30 a 64-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease was reported missing and police contacted the City of Fremantle’s CCTV operators to help keep a look out.

The operator located the man, four hours after he was reported missing, walking along South Terrace.

The City community safety team was contacted and stayed with the man until the police contacted his family.

Fremantle Police acting senior sergeant Phil Gazzone said conducting timely investigations was a priority.

“Without these resources it could have been very protracted and challenging for us,” he said.

“From an operational policing perspective, the CCTV monitored by City of Fremantle staff is a valuable resource to us which we rely on to support our daily business in keeping the community safe.”

The Community Safety team is advised of all missing persons cases but this was the first time CCTV has assisted to locate someone.

As part of a Federal Government grant, the City of Fremantle is planning an upgrade the current CCTV system to include an additional 25 fixed high definition CCTV cameras, two mobile CCTV trailers and future expansion of CCTV in surrounding suburbs at key locations.