Two Artificial Intelligence (AI) cameras have been installed at Birkett Reserve in Bedford as part of a six-month trial by City of Bayswater Council to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Mayor, Filomena Piffaretti said the City was leading the way in exploring new camera technologies to prevent criminal behaviour.
“We’re proud to be one of the first local governments in WA to trial AI security cameras in hot spot areas,” she said.
“The cameras will be used to detect suspicious activity and unusual behaviour after hours through AI technology. Our Rangers and Security team will be notified of anti-social behaviour in real time, which will improve our team’s response time to incidents.”
The new technology features in-built speakers to allow for two-way communication and spotlights that can be activated remotely.
“The City and WA Police work together to address crime and community safety. That’s why I think it’s fantastic that the cameras allow our team to send alerts to WA Police if needed,” the Mayor said.
“Not only will these cameras aim to improve response times, they also have state-of-the-art features that will act as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour, making the City a better, safer place to live.”
She said Council was committed to addressing crime and community safety together with the WA Police through its Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan.
The Plan is currently being developed based on feedback from the community.
Should the trial prove effective, Council says it will consider rolling out AI security cameras to additional areas.