Use CCTVs to battle crime plea
IRATE Yamba business owners have launched a push to get closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed in the CBD to help curb the town's recent break-in spree.
Speaking to a number of businesses that have fallen victim to the 20 or so break-ins over the past month, The Daily Examiner heard a common theme.
"We need CCTV cameras in the streets of the CBD", was the cry from business owners.
Yamba Chamber of Commerce secretary Bev Mansfield said the chamber backed the business owners' push for CCTV in the CBD to deter criminals.
She said something needed to be done to stop what had become a regular spate of break-ins.
"We will speak to council about pushing to get cameras installed on the streets of the Yamba CBD," she said.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said he had approached the NSW Attorney-General's department about the continual crime issues at Yamba.
He said he asked the department whether there were any funding avenues to get CCTV cameras installed at Yamba.
Janelle Saffin's office was yesterday also exploring whether there was any funding options available to council for CCTV.
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said the council was being proactive in its approach to the crime spree and would be offering solutions for businesses and meeting with the Chamber of Commerce.
Cr Williamson said a meeting was being arranged between the chamber executive committee, Mr Cansdell, Ms Saffin and himself next week to discuss an all-agency approach to possible solutions that may help curb crime in Yamba.
He said the council was looking into the possibility of subsidising an individual surveillance approach utilising an internet webcam for each business across the Valley. Options for CCTV to be discussed between the chamber, council and MPs include a constantly monitored system that can track crime as it happens, or a recorded system that captures images that can be used as evidence.