Eyes of the law on Casino through CCTV

HAVING the eyes of the law watching crimes committed in front of their eyes on Casino's CCTV system is having an impact on lawbreakers in the towns CBD.

Forty cameras have been installed throughout the town's retail area to assist Casino police in the management of crime.

The hardware and installation of the cameras cost $436,000.

The live feed from the cameras is sent to the Casino police station where officers can monitor offenders in real time.

Casino Surf Centre owner Tony Laarhoven said two cameras had been installed outside his Barker St store for the past several months.

"They would have to be a deterrent, but some of the criminals may not even know the cameras are here," he said.

Mr Laarhoven said if there were warning signs about the CCTV cameras they may be even more of a deterrent.

"It's coming into the silly season where you have a lot of break-in's and mishaps, so we probably won't know their true effectiveness until January or February," he said.

In addition, Richmond Valley Council recently installed 10 CCTV cameras around the Casino Library, a known location for vandalism.

The $6000 installation cost for those cameras was paid by Richmond Valley Council.

A council spokeswoman said the Library CCTV was significantly cheaper because the system was installed by council's IT team, and is be monitored internally.

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said the installation of the CCTV system was a positive step towards improved community safety.

He said the CCTV cameras were a major tool in solving and deterring break-ins, assaults, graffiti and other anti-social behaviour, keeping the streets safer for law-abiding citizens.

"Council worked with local police, retailers and the community, and I am delighted the system is now operational and will assist in the management of crime by police," Cr Bennett said.

"Local residents are incredibly proud of this town, and we hope the installation of the CCTV system will bring even greater community pride and assist where necessary in the reduction and management of crime or anti-social activities."

The cameras operate 24 hours a day.  



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