Use CCTVs to battle crime plea

Yamba Chamber of Commerce secretary Bev Mansfield and member Barry Adams point out a location where they want a CCTV camera installed.
Yamba Chamber of Commerce secretary Bev Mansfield and member Barry Adams point out a location where they want a CCTV camera installed. Rodney Stevens

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.

After speaking to a number of businesses that have fallen victim to the 20 or so break-in's over the last 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 has 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 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 council were being pro-active in their 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 and Steve Cansdell, Janelle Saffin and himself next week to discuss an all agency approach to possible solutions that may help curb crime in Yamba.

He said 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 MP's include a constantly monitored system that can track crime as it happens, or a recorded system that captured images that could be used as evidence.

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