Federal Election 2019: Cowan candidate promises CCTV funding

CCTV cameras at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex in the City of Wanneroo. d492876
CCTV cameras at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex in the City of Wanneroo. d492876

A MILLION dollar CCTV funding promise has been offered to voters in the cities of Swan and Wanneroo ahead of the Federal Election.

The Liberal party has promised to invest $1 million to provide extra CCTV infrastructure in the two local government areas if it is re-elected on May 18.

“As I meet with small businesses and the local families they rely on, the scourge of crime and antisocial behaviour comes up repeatedly,” Liberal candidate for Cowan Isaac Stewart, who hopes to oust Labor incumbent Anne Aly, said.

“In parts of Cowan, burglaries are up last year by over 45 per cent and property damage by over 20 per cent – the replacement and repair costs for small business and families is hitting their bottom line.”

WA Senator Dean Smith said the commitment would provide for mobile CCTV equipment to be deployed by the cities in crime hotspots, as well as permanent infrastructure in low surveillance areas.

“CCTV provides a significant deterrent to criminals and will assist in driving down opportunistic crime, particularly in industrial and small business districts,” he said.

“CCTV infrastructure will provide necessary deterrence, and can prevent crime happening in the first place.”

Last month, Pearce MHR Christian Porter said a Liberal Government would invest $100,000 to expand the mobile CCTV network in the Ellenbrook area if re-elected.

“My office has been inundated with complaints of increased crime and anti-social behaviour throughout our area.

Acting Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the funding would help the City provide surveillance in problem areas.

“CCTV not only assists police in identifying and prosecuting offenders, it also acts as deterrent to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in the first place,” Cr Bailey said.

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