Upgrade to town’s CCTV system

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
CCTV cameras in operation at a boat ramp in Belmont.
Camera IconCCTV cameras in operation at a boat ramp in Belmont. Credit: The West Australian

Community safety is set to be bolstered with the Town of Port Hedland approving a quote for the upgrade of the CCTV network.

The council voted unanimously in favour to award the tender to Avantgarde Technologies.

The upgrade comes after the Town successfully applied to the Federal Government Safer Communities Fund for $514,344, for security infrastructure to address crime and antisocial behaviour.

The council consulted with police to determine the locations for the cameras.

The network will have 12 new cameras installed at six locations including South Hedland Skate Park, Centenary Park in South Hedland, McLarty Boulevard and an upgrade of the 13 cameras at Wanangkura Stadium.

Existing cameras at Marquee Park will be integrated into the CCTV network and will be incorporated into the CCTV network.

South Hedland Sen. Sgt Jeremy Marklew said the improved network will have a viewing access centre at the South Hedland Station and will be ready for use by October.

“The network will give us the ability to view crime as it occurs and expedite responses, and be used for evidence purposes,” Sen. Sgt Marklew said.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said cameras act as a deterrent to would-be offenders, reminding them that any criminal activity is on the record.

“Community safety is a complex issue, requiring a mix of early intervention measures and strong law enforcement to keep our streets safe.

Mayor Blanco said CCTV cameras are used to capture footage which gives local law enforcement the information they need to bring offenders to justice.

“As a town, we are committed to ensuring our CCTV network is updated with new technology and covers more blind spots,” he said.

“During the SCP consultation process, crime prevention was a top-of-mind issue for locals which they expect us to address proactively.”

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