Grafton Chamber of Commerce executive officer James Patterson is organising a demonstration of CCTV for local businesses.
Grafton Chamber of Commerce executive officer James Patterson is organising a demonstration of CCTV for local businesses. Debrah Novak

$40K CCTV system proposed for CBD

GRAFTON’S CBD could have a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system protecting shops for as little as $40,000, according to a discussion paper to be presented to local businesses next week.

Grafton Chamber of Commerce has organised a demonstration of CCTV equipment and will present a pilot scheme for Prince Street in the Cathedral meeting rooms in Duke Street next Tuesday.

As well as looking at a CCTV system, attendees will be encouraged to discuss issues and concerns they have in using CCTV.

Newly-appointed chamber executive officer James Patterson is overseeing the project and has invited anyone with an interest to attend the meeting.

Mr Patterson said this project follows on from investigations carried out by Michael Brennan and other chamber members in 2006.

“At that time they found the costs prohibitive, but now there are a number of alternatives that can provide low-cost solutions.”

The Grafton chamber will demonstrate a low-cost, entry-level system estimated to cost users $40,000 plus running costs.

Mr Patterson said the system, manufactured by Mobotix, would be able to monitor most of Prince Street, including ‘hotspots’ such as hotels, taxi ranks and parks as well as the road and footpaths.

“While these cameras may not be able to identify actual acts of violence, they will indicate potential suspects who have been in the area at the time,” Mr Patterson said.

“The aim is not to stop the damage, but to identify the culprits and reduce the incidence of attacks by giving the police leads to follow.

“Hopefully it will make these people think twice about their antisocial or criminal behaviour.”

Mr Patterson said the CCTV system to be demonstrated was to give Grafton businesses an idea of the type of system available.

“It will give people an idea of what we’re looking at,” he said.

“Down the track there may be other considerations that they might think need to be covered.”

Mr Patterson said there were than monetary costs for the community from crime in the CBD.

“Each time they smash a window it’s more than $1000 to repair it,” he said.

“There’s the knock-on effects of including those costs into the goods those businesses sell.

“Then there’s the cost of having an area people don’t feel safe to wander around in.”

The meeting will be held in the Cathedral meeting rooms on Tuesday, January 19, from 6pm. Contact the chamber on 6642 6183 or 0457 768 641.

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CCTV hotspots

Areas the trial will look at:

  • Intersection of Prince and Victoria streets. Takes in Crown and Post Office hotels.
  • Intersection of Prince and Fitzroy streets. Covers Commonwealth, National and St George banks.
  • Intersection of Prince and Pound streets. Covers Clocktower Hotel, Market Square and taxi rank.


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