$100k pledge for cameras

22 May 2018 • Progress Leader, Melbourne (General News)
by Paul Shapiro

Opposition promises extra CCTV for Burke Rd The Liberals’ campaign against crime has hit the streets of Camberwell with the party set to splash $100,000 on Burke Rd CCTV if it wins the state election.

The promise was welcomed by the Camberwell Traders Association, which had been campaigning for more cameras. Association spokeswoman Kerry Daly said the money will go a long way.

“There are only two cameras on Burke Rd but if the money comes then we’ll be able to get a lot more,” she said. “We see CCTV as a deterrent but it also helps police do their job.”

Ms Daly said Burke Rd was a “relatively safe area” but there were still issues with crime. “We believe the cameras mainly stop graffiti and vandalism rather than more serious crimes,” she said.

“The cameras will help strip traders, who are more at risk of shoplifting than traders in a shopping centre.”

Opposition leader Matthew Guy said the money will go towards extending and upgrading Burke Rd’s existing CCTV security cameras.

“Violent crime and youth gangs are out of control under Daniel Andrews and communities like Camberwell are paying the price.”

Hawthorn Liberal MP John Pesutto, who took over the seat from former party leader Ted Baillieu in 2014, said the upgraded CCTV would “ensure people could safely enjoy everything Burke Rd has to offer”.

About the Author