Feedback sought on Wangara CCTV network expansion

BUSINESSES are being asked to provide feedback on CCTV cameras in the Wangara industrial area.

The City of Wanneroo received $850,000 through the Federal Community Development Grants program to increase CCTV infrastructure in the area.

The project aims to reduce and deter criminal activity, and improve confidence about safety in the area.

It will fund design and installation of a CCTV hub and infrastructure incorporating Smart City technology around the entry and egress routes to the industrial area.

The City has invited feedback from businesses via an online survey until December 31.

It also planned to consult Wanneroo Business Association, local police and residents on the most suitable camera locations.

According to WA Police Force statistics, Wangara’s highest number of offences was 625 in 2013-14, which had dropped to 439 in 2019-20.

Last year’s figures included 238 stealing offences and 73 non-dwelling burglaries, and 51 offences overall were recorded in the first quarter of 2020-21.

Wanneroo Senior Sergeant Mo Livingstone said while there were no current issues in the area, past issues had included burglaries, thefts and hooning.

Sgt Livingstone said the CCTV project was part of ongoing efforts to prevent crime.

“It’s a really good community safety initiative,” he said.

“It’s preventative – people might see the cameras and it will prevent people doing the wrong thing.”

The sergeant said CCTV footage could also help investigators identify people involved in crimes when they did occur.

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