Richmond Valley Council eyes CCTV

RICHMOND Valley Council is hoping to install 55 CCTV cameras in the streets of Casino to help in the fight against crime.

The council has applied for a $463,969 grant under the National Crime Prevention Fund.

Council general manager John Walker said while CCTV was not the only answer to fighting criminal behaviour, it was an effective crime-prevention measure.

If successful, the cameras would be placed around Walker, Barker, Centre and Canterbury Sts.

The town of Casino has experienced problems with crime and anti-social behaviour in recent years and CCTV would complement the work of local police officers

The plan has been backed by Page MP Janelle Saffin who said the cameras would make people feel safer and help to ensure effective police response in emergency situations.

"A telephone survey of 400 Casino residents in March this year found that only 5% of residents felt safe in the CBD late at night. Crime statistics show there were 89 incidents in Barker and Walker Sts in the six months from December 2012 to May 2013.

These included malicious damage, break-and-enter, stealing and assault.

"The town of Casino has experienced problems with crime and anti-social behaviour in recent years and CCTV would complement the work of local police officers," she said.

Richmond LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said Casino has a high level of crime compared with other parts of the state.

"We can see the benefits of the installation of cameras in the Casino area. We've had great success in other locations such as Lismore. They do provide a deterrent and in recent times they have provided evidence to get convictions for street offences that we would not otherwise have been able to achieve," he said.

Casino Chamber of Commerce president Angela Johnston said it was "good idea" and thanked the council for supporting local shop keepers.

"Local shop keepers will definitely benefit from having it around the CBD," she said.

CCTV across the region

  • Many private businesses have their own CCTV cameras, but Lismore City Council is the only Northern Rivers council with cameras in the streets.
  • There are "about 20" cameras in Lismore and "about six" in Nimbin.


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