Calls for more CBD crim-cams

Residents are asking for more CCTV cameras to be installed.
Residents are asking for more CCTV cameras to be installed. Contributed

CONCERNED residents have called for Big Brother to play a more active role in the Rose City and for more CCTV cameras to be installed.

Warwick man Mick McEniery said he was often approached by local seniors who said they were not comfortable leaving their homes at night time.

He said a stronger presence of cameras on the streets would help quell their fears and make them more comfortable outside their homes.

"I think the cameras are a good thing but I think we need to pinpoint the areas with problems and install them there," he said.

"I do hear quite often that people are afraid of break-ins, assaults and just being abused if they go out into the streets."

Councillor and Crimestoppers member Jo McNally said she believed the cameras were "definitely effective" and she had been approached to have more installed.

"I do think they work as a deterrent and also the police can see if they think something is going to happen and be proactive and try to prevent it," she said.

Cr McNally said the issue had been raised at a youth meeting this week about making the presence of the camera more clearly known.

Past concerns about the CCTV network have included maintenance and cleaning of the cameras after the Daily News highlighted a number of cameras in the network were obscured by cobwebs and trees.

"People know the cameras are there but there was a thought that we should put some signs up just to say they are there and they're being recorded," Cr McNally said.

A Warwick CIB spokesman said the cameras were a useful tool in both preventing crime and identifying offenders following incidents.

He said once crimes were committed, CCTV footage was able to be submitted to courts and used as evidence.

Warwick currently has a total of 28 cameras operating throughout the city.

A council spokeswoman said there were no plans to install more cameras at this time and said such decisions were made on the advice of police.

She added that anyone who would like to propose a new location for cameras should contact a councillor.

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