Decision time on crime prevention
WHICH is best in the fight against crime – the proposed CCTV in Grafton CBD or continuation of the Street Cruise initiative?
Debate on their priority widened yesterday.
The Street Cruise van headed by School of Arts staff was used as a tool to interact with youth around the Clarence Valley until funding was cut last year.
“The two could go together and complement one another but making youth safe is our number one priority,” youth service co-ordinator Colleen Kennedy said.
“The prime goal of our organisation is that kids are safe on the street, and we have submitted an application for future funding to try and maintain that.”
Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson said both tools were a critical part of the crime prevention plan.
“The Street Cruise provides a more across-the-board strategy than CCTV does and is a mobile service that was certainly effective before funding was pulled,” he said.
The CCTV proposal is yet to go before council.