Friday, July 19, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Walking CCTV Kingston Council says YES to CCTV Glen Eira Council says NO Herald Sun July 17th 2013 Community Safety

City of Glen Eira councillors last week voted to reject $150,000 offered by the Napthine Government to pay for CCTV cameras in the Centre Rd shops in Bentleigh.

The camera snub comes as the City of Kingston voted on Monday night to accept the Government's offer of $125,000 to install 14 CCTV cameras, more than two years after the council was first offered the money.

The decision came after residents rejected the council's opposition to the cameras, which will be installed at the Moorabbin train station and bus interchange, and in Gnotuk Ave, Aspendale - a notorious hoon trouble spot.

Glen Eira council won't take cash for cameras despite residents' support

A MELBOURNE council continues to reject offers of cash to install CCTV cameras in trouble spots, despite pleas from the state's top policeman and residents embracing "big brother" in a new survey.

City of Glen Eira councillors last week voted to reject $150,000 offered by the Napthine Government to pay for CCTV cameras in the Centre Rd shops in Bentleigh.

The camera snub comes as the City of Kingston voted on Monday night to accept the Government's offer of $125,000 to install 14 CCTV cameras, more than two years after the council was first offered the money.

The decision came after residents rejected the council's opposition to the cameras, which will be installed at the Moorabbin train station and bus interchange, and in Gnotuk Ave, Aspendale - a notorious hoon trouble spot.

Crime Prevention Minister Edward O'Donohue said councils' anti-camera stance made no sense.

"The Coalition Government believes CCTV is not only a vital tool in solving crime but in deterring crime too," Mr O'Donohue said.

"Given the support from police and the community, it is totally incomprehensible that councils would refuse to take money offered by the Government to install CCTV in their communities."

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay last month told the Herald Sun camera-shy councils were failing to cut crime by refusing to install CCTV.

Mr Lay said the force would like monitored cameras installed at known trouble spots across the state but was struggling to convince some councils, despite cameras proving invaluable in helping clean up alcohol-related violence and drug-fuelled crime.

Kingston Mayor Ron Brownlees said the council voted to accept the funding after surveys undertaken for the council and the State Government showed strong community support.

"These cameras will enhance council's community safety measures already in place and deter antisocial behaviour," he said.

A survey of Kingston residents by the Department of Justice found 84 per cent of respondents supported using CCTV to help deter crime and antisocial behaviour and assist police to identify and catch offenders.

Eight in 10 residents said they would feel safer in their local area if CCTV cameras were in use.

The department's strategic communications director, Simon Troeth, said the survey results would be published on the myviews section of the department's website from today.

Cr Brownlees said Kingston Council would fund the maintenance and operation costs of the cameras.

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/glen-eira-council-wont-take-cash-for-cameras-despite-residents-support/story-fnii5smt-1226680390247

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/pedestrian-safety-walking-lighting.html


Comment by Pete Dowe

First and foremost

Let there be LIGHT! 

Proactive measures such as Lighting and Police Presence ought to be the community safety priority however I do believe it is also important to catch offenders 

and therefore agree with Moreland Mayor Councillor Oscar Yildiz that CCTV "would help to catch offenders."

My support for CCTV however is qualified

and only as part of a "three pronged attack" (lights, police, cctv)

on the problem of community safety at night 

But first and foremost

Let there be LIGHT! 

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate 

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