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​$250,000 to catch crooks with CCTV

Published date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018

CCTV cameras will be installed in crime hotspots across Dubbo and Wellington to increase police surveillance and improve safety for residents through NSW Government funding, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Nationals Candidate for Dubbo Dugald Saunders announced today.

Mr Saunders said the NSW Government is providing Dubbo Regional Council with $250,000 to help deter would-be criminal and catch those who commit crimes through improved CCTV.

“This investment will fund the installation of new CCTV and upgrade existing technology with state-of-the-art cameras, enabling Orana Mid-Western Police to monitor both locations in real-time from the Dubbo Police Station,” Mr Saunders said.

“It will significantly improve the way Dubbo and Wellington CBD precincts are monitored by police, making it easier for offenders to be identified and charged, taking pressure off frontline officers.”

Dubbo and Wellington have higher crime rates than other areas in NSW. In 2017, the Dubbo Regional Local Government Area ranked in the top 10 for seven of the 17 major offences.

The project will replace 21 existing CCTV cameras and install 11 additional ones in Dubbo and seven in Wellington, bringing the total to 93 cameras across both locations.

Mr Speakman said improving the quality of CCTV and the way it is monitored will play a major role in tackling crime into the future.

“We are seeing more and more CCTV footage being played in court to secure successful prosecutions, sending a clear message to offenders they will pay the price if they’re caught on camera,” Mr Speakman said.

“Reducing crime in Dubbo and Wellington will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in clean-up costs. Since March this year, Council has spent $87,500 since March 2018 repairing damage to public property at Victoria Park alone, money better spent on improving the community.”

Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields said council will match the NSW Government’s funding commitment and will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance costs once the CCTV is completed in 2019.

“This is a great win for our city and will help prevent crime well into the future. It is part of the new council’s resolve to make Dubbo safer, especially since our existing CCTV network was installed back in 2001 and is in obvious need of a significant upgrade.”

The $10 million Community Safety Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to councils and community groups for initiatives that reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.