Deputy Lord Mayor opens up about personal experience, outlines why City of Perth needs CCTV

Deputy Lord Mayor opens up about personal experience, outlines why City of Perth needs CCTV

CITY of Perth deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios has opened up about a terrifying incident in which he came face to face with a knife-wielding thug.

Mr Limnios, who has taken on the duties of Lord Mayor, shared the incident, which was caught on camera and led to an arrest, while discussing a CCTV system overhaul at last week’s council meeting.

Perth City Council agreed to award a $677,982.21 tender to Data Line Visual Link to upgrade 100 analogue cameras with digital ones and replace coaxial cables with fibre.

The upgrade will also include the programming and commissioning of the new digital cameras into the existing network.

The system has grown to 320 cameras since it was initiated in 1991.

Mr Limnios told the Guardian Express he fully supported CCTV after his experience.

“About 15 years ago, I pulled up into the carpark of the family business at the corner of Palmerston and Newcastle streets where I worked,” he said. “There was a guy wearing a hat and carrying a duffel bag booting the car door of our then receptionist, who was stuck inside the car and scared.

“I went over and he pulled out a massive kitchen knife and said ‘I am going to gut you like a pig’ and I stood back and said ‘that’s a bit over the top, there’s no need for that type of violence’, and he walked off.

“My sister Irene called the police and gave them a description.

“Police tracked him with CCTV footage near the corner of Lake and James and arrested him. Bottom line is, if it wasn’t for CCTV, they would not have been able to track him.”

Mr Limnios said it was important to keep Perth residents and visitors safe.

The last round of upgrades to the City’s system was in July , in which 49 analogue cameras were replaced with digital cameras, for $357,540.

The latest network upgrade is expected to be completed in January next year.

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