Karawara residents petition for CCTV cameras a success

Karawara residents Joan Pereira, Svetlana Tessalina, Viral Shah with Swan MHR Steve Irons and South Perth mayor Sue Doherty in Karawara.
Karawara residents Joan Pereira, Svetlana Tessalina, Viral Shah with Swan MHR Steve Irons and South Perth mayor Sue Doherty in Karawara.

KARAWARA residents’ efforts to tighten security in their suburb scored a victory with $500,000 federal funding for CCTV cameras announced today.

A petition created by Karawara residents to install CCTV cameras in their neighbourhood started in October last year and was signed by 31 people.

A survey by Swan MHR Steve Irons following the petition attracted 222 responses in support of CCTV cameras in the area.

This week, it was confirmed the City of South Perth had secured federal funding the Safer Communities Fund to install 58 CCTV cameras around City of South Perth. The cameras are expected to be in place within a year.

Lead petitioner Viral Shah said he could now tell his fellow residents the good days were coming.

“The pre-work is done, now the real actual action should start as soon as possible,” he said.

“Strategically utilised, this gives a message to someone doing crime that a third eye is watching.”

Mr Shah said crime hotspots included Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre and walkways next to a childcare centre.Swan MHR Steve Irons said Karawara was a priority location to install the CCTV cameras.

“There will be four fixed cameras and four rotating, zooming cameras like you see at train station,” he said.

“People shouldn’t be terrorised by other people in their own houses.”

City of South Perth mayor Sue Doherty said the cameras would also be installed on Mends Street, Coode Street and Mill Point Road.

“The CCTV cameras are going to be installed within the next 12 months,” she said.