More eyes on Beaufort street

Alannah MacTiernan (centre) with, City of Vincent customer service officer Brodee Albonetti, City of Vincent councillor John Carey and Beaufort Street Books owner Jane Seaton Picture: Marcus Whisson d396386
Alannah MacTiernan (centre) with, City of Vincent customer service officer Brodee Albonetti, City of Vincent councillor John Carey and Beaufort Street Books owner Jane Seaton Picture: Marcus Whisson d396386

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan said an extensive CCTV network would help capture repeat offenders damaging walls, windows and newly installed public art.

Ms MacTiernan said the City had determined locations for the equipment and would now send out contracts to building owners.

‘We are anticipating that these will start being installed in about a fortnight’s time,’ Ms MacTiernan said.

‘We looked at where the trafficked areas are, where we were likely to have problems and where we would get a good coverage.

‘In some places, we have put in two (cameras) so we can have them directed to get 180 degree coverage at certain strategic sites, such as around our bus stop.’

She said the majority of cameras were between Broome and Walcott streets with a cluster further down near Parry Street.

‘We’ve had some in place in Leederville now for a while and we get regular requests from the police to view the footage and we understand that quite a few convictions result from it,’ she said.

‘We do think some of the vandalism that’s going on in Beaufort Street is repeat offenders and it’s actually only a small number of people that are creating the problem. This will give us some chance of catching them.’

She said the level of vandalism on businesses and artwork had increased and the City needed to do what it could to stomp it out.

‘We need to bring them before the law because they’re not stopping and it’s just silly, it’s just ruining it for everyone’