Thursday, April 25, 2024

New focus for Melbourne CCTV

Residents and visitors are set to benefit from better safety and security along Melbourne’s iconic Lygon Street with new closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras being installed in the popular location.

Victorian Minister for Police and Crime Prevention, Anthony Carbines today toured the Safe City Camera Network Expansion Project which will see eight new CCTV cameras installed along Lygon Street to deter potential criminal activity, help police identify offenders and help with responding to emergencies.

The CCTV cameras will have better tracking capability so operators can follow people or vehicles as they move along Lygon Street, the Minister confirmed

“The new CCTV cameras will make Carlton safer – ensuring even more people can enjoy everything that Lygon Street has to offer,” said Mr Carbines.

“We’re proud to be investing in community safety initiatives and providing local communities the resources they need to improve public safety.”

The cameras will also provide live surveillance of the popular Argyle Square where many events with large crowds are held. Coverage will be monitored 24-hours a day from the control room by police officers, ensuring footage can be sent to Triple Zero Victoria when an incident is observed by operators as soon as it happens.

The footage will also be able to be viewed at police stations and on officers’ portable tablets while on their way to an incident.

The project is jointly funded with a $260,000 contribution from both the Government and the City of Melbourne Council.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, no matter where they are or what time of day it is,” said Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.

“We’re adding CCTV cameras along Lygon Street to deter potential crimes and to help police identify offenders.

“Lygon Street is one of Melbourne’s most popular destinations, and we’re making sure everyone can feel safe and welcome while enjoying this vibrant precinct.”  

The entire CCTV camera network is on track to be operational mid-2024.

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