CCTV on City’s radar

There is evidence residents feel safer and are less affected by crime in areas with monitored CCTV.
There is evidence residents feel safer and are less affected by crime in areas with monitored CCTV.

The council is developing a Community Safety Plan and intends to consult with the local community to assess priorities for the region.

Chief executive Mike Foley said the use of CCTV would be one of the issues considered as part of the safety plan.

‘It appears there is a desire for CCTV, including in Ellenbrook,’ he said.

‘The city is currently pursuing a CCTV project which considers the city’s approach and priorities for fixed and mobile CCTV in the Midland CBD, Ellenbrook and other targeted locations in the City of Swan.’

Mr Foley said the council’s community perception 2011 survey indicated residents felt safer and were less affected by crime in areas with monitored CCTV.

The Shops At Ellenbrook centre manager Shane McLean said CCTV footage at the shopping centre had been beneficial in recent years.

‘The CCTV footage has been used on many occasions to assist us with any centre-based issues that may arise,’ he said.

‘It has also provided crucial research to local police with information on suspects that are not directly related to the centre.’

Feedback on community safety can be sent in online at swancommunity.com.au until May 31. The City will collate opinions and a report will be presented to council next month.