City of Stirling CCTV bid likely

THE City of Stirling is “likely” to apply for funding from the State Government for new or upgraded CCTV cameras.

The Government has promised $5 million for local governments to upgrade their CCTV systems. Community development director Trevor Holland said further CCTV cameras would be an opportunity to deter antisocial behaviour and crime.

“The City has a population of almost 230,000 people and an integrated CCTV network across many of our suburbs and facilities,” Mr Holland said. “The City is currently determining the most appropriate sites for further consideration.”

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the funding was a major part of the Government’s State CCTV Strategy to help police and emergency services to access a greater number of security cameras.

“The Government is pioneering an integrated CCTV network which will allow WA Police and emergency services to remotely access any compliant camera systems to help respond to emergency situations, including criminal and anti-social behaviour,” Ms Harvey said.

She said a more integrated network could be a potential game changer in preventing and prosecuting crime and antisocial behaviour.

“This will work on several levels: police can assess crime jobs almost immediately, use the vision to prosecute offenders and deter criminal behaviour,” Ms Harvey said.