Prince Street crime watch closer

THE push for CCTV in Prince Street, Grafton, is one step closer with retailers supporting the concept aimed at reducing criminal activity.

Tuesday night’s workshop to demonstrate the equipment converted many sceptics to supporters, according to Grafton Chamber of Commerce executive James Patterson.

“The presentation was well received with a few sceptics convinced by the end of the meeting that CCTV was part of the answer,” he said.

“The next step will be putting the nuts and bolts of the project design together to submit to council and sourcing funding.”

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager of environment and economics Des Schroder said the CCTV plan was not the total answer to crime prevention.

“Council has adopted a crime prevention plan where CCTV was brought up as a possibility but not a priority,” he said.

“The presentation created a fair bit of interest from people there and the next stage will be for councillors to discuss it once they have the final costings and other relative information.”

If councillors support the proposal it will mean Prince Street will be under 24-hour surveillance as part of a 12-month trial. The cost of the system is estimated at $40,000.

Clarence MP Steve Cansdell has kicked off the kitty, pledging $1000 to the project that he strongly supports.



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