Community safety will be further improved for Goldfields residents after the Liberal National Government granting funding for 37 extra CCTV cameras across the region.
Visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder today, Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said three Goldfields councils would receive grants through the State Government's Western Australian State CCTV Strategy, which was a significant election commitment.
Ms Harvey said the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder would receive funding for nine cameras, the Shire of Laverton for 16 and the Shire of Leonora for 12. The exact grant figure was still subject to contract negotiations.
"These cameras will be placed in crime and antisocial hotspots such as Hannan and Burt streets in Kalgoorlie, outside the pub in Laverton and several areas in Leonora," she said.
"Each council is committed to working with local police to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and this extra funding will help build on existing CCTV networks.
"CCTV is an effective tool which not only helps police react quickly to crime and antisocial incidents, but can help deter, prevent and solve crime."
The Deputy Premier said the Government was pioneering an integrated CCTV network which would allow WA Police and emergency services to remotely access any compliant camera system to help respond to emergency situations, including criminal and antisocial behaviour.
Ms Harvey said as part of the State CCTV Strategy, the Government committed $5 million to a fund for local governments to install CCTV cameras in crime hotspots or upgrade existing infrastructure so it could feed into the network.
The Deputy Premier said a more integrated network could be a potential game changer in preventing and prosecuting crime and antisocial behaviour.
"This will work on several levels - police can assess emergency situations almost immediately, and if necessary use the vision as evidence in the prosecution of offenders," she said.
- The total State Government commitment to the State CCTV Strategy is $8.5 million
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