High-tech security service rolled out in Rockingham

A new SmartWatch car.
A new SmartWatch car.

A NEW safety service for Rockingham will be unveiled at the City’s annual Safety and Family Expo next Saturday.

The new Rockingham SmartWatch will operate from December 1 and replaces the City’s Security Service.

The high-tech, highly visible patrol service will operate with a fleet of six new vehicles, two more than the former service.

The new cars will feature four high-definition cameras with night vision, which will record and retain footage for evidence, as well as live-stream serious incidents to a smart device or PC, and the police when needed.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the new service would have a similar scope of action to the Security Service.

“The new Rockingham SmartWatch service brings community safety patrols into alignment with the best available technology for use on vehicles,” he said.

“Under the new in-house service, all six cars will be on the road continuously during operational hours.

“Three of the cars will be zone-based, to provide more intense area-specific coverage, and three cars will be available for responding to incidents, carrying out hotspot and foreshore car park patrols, and smoke watch.

SmartWatch vehicles will be on the road seven days a week, 365 days of the year from noon until 4am, a time the City believes to be the “most effective time to provide a visible reminder that there is a safety service on patrol”.