Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said while police had previously had access to the system and the ability to view live footage of the beachfront’s CCTV as required, the link was recently decommissioned. ‘When the beachfront CCTV system was originally commissioned, a link was installed with the council administration system,’ he said.
‘CCTV equipment is maintained and replaced routinely and due to age that link was recently decommissioned, hence the inability for footage to be viewed from the Rockingham Police Station.
‘The city is currently investigating the most appropriate type of link to commission to transmit the digital images at this location.’
The equipment remains, but will not be operational until the link is restored.
Cr Sammels said research indicated CCTV had ‘limited’ deterrent effect, but was a ‘powerful tool’ for police prosecutions and investigations.
‘Any footage required by police is provided by the city upon request.
‘For major operations and events, such as New Year’s Eve, the city and police work together and the police technical unit is given full access to the city beachfront system.’
He said the cost of repairing the link would be dependent on the type of transmission link that was installed and would need to be within allocated budget funds.
He said works would be completed over the coming months.