Councils Need to Ensure the Safety of Their Citizens

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In a previous post, we discussed how the Melbourne City and Moreland Councils moved to accept a $250,000 CCTV funding grant the Australian government offered in a move to improve public safety. Recently, The Herald Sun reported that one Melbourne Council “continues to reject offers of cash to install CCTV cameras in trouble spots, despite pleas from the state’s top policeman and residents embracing this “big brother” approach. It appears that there still is resistance by some members of the community towards the Government’s initiative to boost surveillance in various cities around the country. The Glen Eira council is one of those against the installation of CCTV cameras. Just last week, the councilors of the City of Glen Eira cast their votes for the rejection of a $125,000 grant offered by the government 2 years earlier. The proposed funding was meant to be used towards the installation of 14 CCTV cameras. This decision came amidst favorable reception by residents towards the prospect of having more security surveillance cameras in their area. Edward O’Donohue, Crime Prevention Minister, said that the anti-camera stance of the councils was baffling. He commented: “The Coalition Government believes CCTV is not only a vital tool in solving crime but in deterring crime too. Given the support from police and the community, it is totally incomprehensible that councils would refuse to take money offered by the Government to install CCTV in their communities.” Meanwhile, the City of Kingston has decided “to accept the funding after surveys undertaken for the council and the State Government showed strong community support.” According to the Kingston survey, 8 out of...