Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Media Release - Security Cameras for Yarra Junction under a Coalition Government - 21 August 2013

A Coalition Government will make our streets safer by providing funding for a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera network in Yarra Junction. The $50,000 announced today will see at least 5 security cameras installed in the Yarra Junction township.

The best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place. Our 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.

In recent times, Yarra Junction shop owners have been suffering from numerous acts of vandalism and break-ins. The local traders have expressed their concerns when I’ve met them on my mobile office visits. They’ve also contacted me regularly to report repeated criminal incidents at their shops. I want to pay particular tribute to Michael Robinson and Matt Sartori and Sam Failla – who have argued the case with me personally.

They’ve advocated to me and I in turn have fought for them. And I’m now pleased to make this pledge part of my local plan for a stronger and safer community that will be implemented if the Coalition is elected.

Security cameras have been proven as an effective weapon against local crime. In Lilydale, Mooroolbark and Mt Evelyn, the installation of CCTV cameras during the Howard Government years saw substantial reductions in anti-social behaviour.

The Coalition will boost the efforts of local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour by helping them to implement crime-fighting measures. 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

21 August 2013

Media Contact: Ted Lapkin – mobile 0411 22 1392

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