PROGRESS: Des Harvey, Senior Constable Dave Fish and Grafton Chamber of Commerce president John Shearer discuss crime prevention measures.
PROGRESS: Des Harvey, Senior Constable Dave Fish and Grafton Chamber of Commerce president John Shearer discuss crime prevention measures.

Grafton businesses looking at joint approach

A JOINT business approach towards CCTV will be explored by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce.

Following a chamber breakfast yesterday where guest speaker Coffs/Clarence Senior Constable Dave Fish spoke about crime prevention techniques and education, chamber president John Shearer said he thought local businesses working together on a security footage plan was a good idea.

Mr Shearer said he was sure all businesses in Grafton could step up in lifting the safety of their own businesses and the efficiency of crime detection in the region.

"We have looked at it before; we've got a meeting on Wednesday next week and it's definitely worth a mention," he said.

"It's pretty important. It was a valuable talk and well attended."

Northern Rivers Chamber of Commerce membership growth officer John Riggall, who was until last week the president of the Maclean Chamber, initiated a similar project in response to a significant number of break-ins in the Maclean CBD.

The chamber invited half a dozen CCTV suppliers to give quotes at a meeting with local businesses to show them their options.

Mr Riggall said at least 10 new security cameras had been installed at local businesses and others upgraded since the meeting.

They are now going through an unofficial audit to see whether the coverage can be improved by working together.

He added that police visibility had improved dramatically in recent months. "We will keep working with them to identify those who think they can steal from businesses," Mr Riggall said.



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