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A new CCTV surveillance system is being installed in Bankstown’s Civic Precinct.
Funded through a $250,000 Safer Streets program grant, 22 high-definition cameras are being placed around the Civic Tower, Paul Keating Park and Council Chambers.
Mayor Khal Asfour said councils throughout Sydney use a range of preventative measures, including CCTV cameras.
"Unfortunately, from time to time, there has been anti-social behaviour in this precinct, resulting in thousands of dollars damage," Mayor Asfour said.
"For more than four years, Council has been seeking funding for the installation of cameras, so we are happy it’s finally coming to fruition – at no cost to ratepayers."
Mayor Asfour said the cameras will not only act as a deterrent, but also give greater peace of mind to those travelling through the precinct.
"The latest NSW Bureau of Statistics and Research has revealed the number of offences committed in Canterbury-Bankstown, in the 17 major crime catergoies, are either stable or continue to decline," Mayor Asfour said.
"We are always looking at ways to maintain that downward trend.
"However, it’s very important to note, CCTV cameras are not practical or the answer in all instances, particularly in suburbs, but they are when you have 1.4 million visiting a location annually, as is the case in this precinct."
Once installed, the system will be monitored and maintained by Council’s security staff, and complement the existing 13 cameras positioned in the Bankstown CBD, at Bankstown Plaza on the southern side of the railway line.
The delivery of this CCTV surveillance program is part of Council’s commitment under the Canterbury-Bankstown Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan.
27/06/2018 2:59 PM