Melbourne City and Moreland Councils Accept $250,000 CCTV Funding offered by the State Government

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In April this year The Age reported that, the State Government offered Melbourne City Council a $250,000 grant for installing CCTV cameras in “6 black spots’’,”. The State Government also offered the same sum for the installation of CCTV cameras to Moreland Council, the municipality where Jill Meagher was murdered. Initially Melbourne City Council was hesitant to accept the $250,000 funding. This is because, as Cr Richard Foster pointed out, there is allegedly no evidence that extra surveillance would enhance public safety. He also mentioned the need to maintain the devices, which would be an additional expense for the council. Conversely Council Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been very supportive about the proposed installation of new CCTV cameras. The Herald Sun quoted him with the following statement: “If (Victoria) Police have said, ‘put CCTV cameras there’, then in my view, let’s do it.” Other councilors have expressed their opinions on the matter, with some raising a motion to make a more in-depth assessment on the prospect of adding additional security surveillance cameras in the city. There were questions on how the police have identified the hot spots and the links between video monitoring and the incidence of crime. Councilor Cathy Oke said that while she is definitely “not opposed to” security cameras, she believes that they are not the only preventive measure available. She went onto state that “there needs to be more research done into analyzing how to improve safety through other alternatives, such as lighting, before considering the installation of CCTV systems”. However, at Moreland Council, there was little resistance to the CCTV funding offer with the...