CCTV for Station Street

‘Based on what we got from fines and other income so far we’ll be $100,000 ahead of what we thought we’d have,’ chief executive Carl Askew said.

The expected surplus comes from streamlined parking fine collection, previous government grants and reduced costs for minor footpath, road and drain construction projects.

Revenue from building permits in 2012 increased because the value of the homes increased 13 per cent from 2011 and 25 permits had already been issued in January and February, compared with 22 in the same period last year.

Mr Askew said a consultant would now be hired to advise where the unmonitored cameras should be installed in Station Street.

In about three months the devices would be linked to other unmonitored CCTV at the Cottesloe Beach car park.

An application could be made later this year to expand the network in the town centre if Cottesloe is successful in getting a share of $5.5 million allocated to CCTV, which was announced during the Liberal State Election campaign three weeks ago.

Station Street retailers Billion Dollar Babes and Chemise Lingerie suffered raids when thieves took high-end women’s fashion and underwear worth about $75,000 early on February 4.

About 15 other raids in the street in 2011 prompted several shop operators to fit their own security grilles, bollards and cameras.

Chemise Lingerie owner Barbara Pease said it was the council’s responsibility to fit street bollards and she would now spend about $1000 installing her own security.

Ms Pease questioned the time taken by the council to fit the cameras and said retailers were still ‘complacent’ despite all the raids.

Billion Dollar Babes designer Michelle Cooke has a $12,000-$15,000 bill for a cage-type grille, window bars, locks and new glass but supported the council’s initiative.