Portable CCTVs to boost community safety around Cumberland

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

10 relocatable CCTV cameras will be deployed in priority locations across Cumberland to help address to help address anti-social behaviour, racial and religious intolerance, and to increase community safety.

Cumberland Council will receive over $244,000 under Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s Safer Communities Fund to purchase the cameras which will be placed in local parks, places of worship, schools and in the town centres of Auburn, Berala, Granville, Merrylands, Lidcombe and Regents Park.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said everyone had a right to feel safe.

“Cumberland is one of the most diverse regions in Western Sydney, and that is something we should all be proud of,” Senator Payne said.

“However, we know that there are several hotspots across Cumberland which attract anti-social behaviour and racial and religious intolerance.

“Investing in the Safer Communities Fund was a key election commitment under the Morrison Government’s Plan for Western Sydney.

“I am pleased to deliver this funding to help deter local crime, anti-social behaviour, and assist police in their enquiries.”

Cumberland City Council Mayor, Steve Christou, welcomed the funding.

“Cumberland City Council is delighted to welcome this funding from the Federal Government. This initiative was designed to facilitate greater community safety and will significantly enhance Council’s current CCTV in Public Spaces program,” Cr Christou said.

“The new project will provide a platform for the existing security systems used in Council’s libraries, community centres and outdoor spaces to reduce crime levels by deterring potential offenders and aid in apprehension of offenders.

“While we recognise that crime will never entirely be prevented, CCTV can bring benefits to the community and assist in reducing crime. It’s all about prioritising and enhancing public safety for Cumberland City. I look forward to seeing this project come to life for our local community.”

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