Friday, October 24, 2014

Community Safety CCTV Vigilantism, Hyper-vigilance, Hyper-vigilantes and Intimidation Cr Sue Bolton Moreland City Council Green Left Weekly 16.3.2013



The Rise of Hyper-vigilantism. On the Road to Nowhere.



According to the NSW Rape Crisis centre, only 1% of sexual assaults are committed by strangers. 

Hyper-vigilantes have weakened our community by turning on other citizens without due process. 

Citizens must advocate to authorities for community safety outcomes.


"Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know" 


is not a community safety nor national security issue

It is covert bullying. 

There ought be onus on citizens to be genuine in complaints. 


Pete Dowe




"It is likely that CCTV cameras will be used to harass people over petty issues, 
just like the Protective Services Officers have increased the harassment 
of homeless and mentally ill people over petty issues at train stations." 

"(Moreland City Council) Cr Sue Bolton tried to propose alternatives for safer streets, such as a community bus funded by council with contributions from late night venues. Such buses are funded by clubs andcasinos in NSW and Queensland because of drink driving laws."

Cr Sue Bolton Moreland City Council






I prioritise proactive community safety measures such as public lighting over CCTV.

However I support CCTV for the often crucial evidence it provides 

which may aid a prosecution.


We must not forget that community safety also means penalising serious wrongdoing.


Pete Dowe



Greens councillor Samantha Ratnam tried to amend the motion so that community consultation would be held before CCTV was installed. The amendment was lost on the casting vote of the mayor.
Bolton was the only councillor to vote against the substantive motion for a roll-out of CCTV cameras.
Moreland council has delayed discussion on other safety measures such as improved street lighting, programs to address family violence, education campaigns about gendered violence and better late-night transport.
Bolton tried to propose alternatives for safer streets, such as a community bus funded by council with contributions from late night venues. Such buses are funded by clubs andcasinos in NSW and Queensland because of drink driving laws.
Two ways to ensure safer streets at night are better street and bike path lighting and accessible public transport. Tackling rape culture through education is also important.
Bolton said CCTV cameras may document crime but they would not prevent crime.
Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Sydney Institute of Criminology says if there is a link between crime prevention and CCTV cameras, it is likely that it only displaces crime to other areas, rather than prevents it.
At a Brunswick community meeting of about 100 residents in November, the only person to advocate CCTV cameras was Moreland Mayor Oscar Yildiz. Even the police spokesperson at the meeting said more CCTV cameras were not the answer because the main cause of violent crime was family violence.
Bolton said: “Immediately after the tragic murder of … Jill Meagher, the state government tried to take advantage of the tragedy by turning the tragedy into a law and order issue.
“This is hypocritical when services dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence are underfunded by both state and federal governments.
“A special curriculum has been developed for schools, which deals with the culture [that] produces anti-woman violence. The state government refuses to fund this curriculum to be provided in schools.
“If the council and the state government seriously believe that CCTV cameras reduce crime, they would be proposing to put CCTV cameras in individual houses given that family violence is the most prevalent violence.
“But they’re not proposing that so their only reason for promoting CCTV cameras is as a Big Brother measure to snoop on the public.

It is likely that CCTV cameras will be used to harass people over petty issues, just like the Protective Services Officers have increased the harassment of homeless and mentally ill people over petty issues at train stations.
“CCTV cameras will not make our streets safer.”
[Green Left Weekly, March 16, 2013.]

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