Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Media Release - Security Cameras for Healesville under a Coalition Government - 20 August 2013

A Coalition Government will make our streets safer by funding a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera network in Healesville. The $100,000 in funding announced today will allow the installation of at least 10 CCTV cameras that would be monitored by local police. This system will enable police both to monitor events in real time and review recorded footage.

In other communities within the Yarra Valley region, CCTV security cameras have caused crime and anti-social behaviour to decline by up to 70%.

This commitment is part of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Communities Grants program, which if the Coalition is elected, will make our streets safer by providing $50 million over four years to tackle local crime hotspots around Australia.

As part of its advocacy campaign for this CCTV network, the local Healesville business community has agreed to assume responsibility for system maintenance. And for my part, I have fought for this pledge to be part of my local plan for a stronger and safer Healesville.

Healesville Chamber of Commerce President, Graham Taylor, welcomed the initiative and said the cameras would make Healesville a safer township.

“Cameras have been proven to slash crime rates in other towns, and gives Police automatic recording of any incident that does occur. This will make Healesville a safer place for residents and tourist visitors, and will give confidence to local businesses. We are a big town, with some great projects like the tourist railway coming up, and we want everyone to feel safe in our town.”

Our policy for Safer Streets Communities Grants is part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians

20 August 2013

Media Contact: Ted Lapkin – mobile 0411 22 1392

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