Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Pilot Program to boost safety

Burdekin Shire Council has budgeted $50,000 to install up to 10 new Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at key locations across the Shire.

The CCTV Pilot Program aims to improve public safety, deter vandals and discourage anti-social behaviour.

The units would be relocatable, could be moved at minimal cost and used to help promote public safety during public events and other Council and community activities.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was committed to providing a safe and secure environment for residents and visitors.

“Up to 10 all-in-one CCTV units will be purchased for a pilot program looking to increase public safety,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The use of CCTV facilitates incident monitoring and protection of Council property but crime deterrence is also a major factor.

“When someone sees a CCTV camera they may be less likely to engage in criminal behaviour. We know that it can be an effective preventative measure.”

A workshop will be held to determine locations for the CCTV units across the Shire.

“They could be used around Council venues, in parks or at public landmarks, for example,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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