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less CCTV than other cities of a similar size
August 8th, 2009
GEELONG is at odds with other major cities around Australia with
its use of security cameras.
A Geelong Advertiser investigation revealed Geelong had
considerably less cameras than other cities of a similar size.
Geelong has 17 cameras while Wollongong has 100 in its CBD and
Hobart has 100 just along its waterfront.
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Cairns recently upped its surveillance with an extra 15 cameras
taking its total to 59.
Doubts were raised over Geelong's safety cameras after a man
punched a 20-year-old girl in Moorabool St on Sunday morning and
authorities were unable to confirm if the assault was captured
Geelong's cameras are monitored between Thursday and Saturday
but are kept rolling every day.
Cairns' inner city safety manger Malcolm Robertson said their
cameras were monitored around the clock and, at the first hint
of trouble, security officers were dispensed to defuse the
"Unless they are monitored, it's pointless because you are not
proactively looking for trouble and it becomes a butt-covering
exercise," Mr Robertson said.
Geelong Nightlife Association's Darren Holroyd said the
surveillance cameras worked well with other initiatives,
including ID scanners and two-way radio contact between
nightspots to weed out trouble makers.
Albury City Council recently ruled out installing cameras after
a briefing from British police who said they did not reduce
"We decided it was not value for money and we were not convinced
it would solve problems," the council's community director James
He said the council would pour its funds into better lighting,
ensuring the taxi ranks were manned and to keep the midnight bus
Geelong Mayor John Mitchell said he was not aware of any plans
to expand the city's safety cameras.
"If something happens out of their range is it different to
something happening in the suburbs," Cr Mitchell said.
"They are not there to be big brother and watch everybody's
Geelong police Sergeant Tony Francis said the surveillance
cameras nabbed about 12 people a week for behavioural offences.
"In the perfect world, you would want them all over the city,
suburbs and down the highway but we haven't found any
shortcomings," Sgt Francis said.
"Our cameras are doing a very good job. If I had to give them a
mark out of 10, I would give them an eight."
Liberty Victoria president Michael Pearce said he had no
objection to cameras but his gripe was that information was
being misused, including embarrassing people for actions that
were not illegal.
"The cameras will continue to spread but we need to ensure that
people's rights are protected," Mr Pearce said.
Victims of Crime Association president Noel McNamara said
cameras were an invaluable tool to nab crooks