Edith McKeon, whose daughter Jill Meagher was murdered in late 2012, appealed for more CCTV cameras within the suburb where her daughter was last seen alive. She believed that having more of such security devices will help make people safe, aside from assisting authorities in monitoring criminal activities and resolving them. After all, Ms. Meagher’s alleged murderer has been identified and cornered with the help of security camera footage.

In the wake of the said case, there have been calls for increased surveillance through video-based security systems. Currently, many states across Australia already have CCTV cameras installed in their cities and towns, aside from other anti-crime devices used to reduce safety risks. This is largely due to the fact that such technological advancements are seen to be effective crime deterrents and have been helpful in the efficient and speedy resolution of public disturbances. In fact, unfavourable activities can be prevented from happening with diligent and consistent monitoring.

As such, having a security system in your own community helps make your city or town a safer place to live in. It complements existing safety measures enforced by law and by local authorities, serving as extra eyes and ears that alert them to potential trouble. It also allows security personnel to respond to emergencies faster, which prevent negative events from escalating and turning into a very costly situation. As mentioned, it can also be used as a tool in solving crimes and apprehending wrongdoers.

With the presence of security devices such as alarms and CCTV, you and other members of your local community will have more peace of mind. It assures you that you are not completely alone and are being watched over. It also helps businesses conduct their transactions confidently, certain that they will be alerted immediately should there be any negative event happening within their premises. The sight of security cameras, among other things, also helps prevent potential troublemakers from committing any wrongdoing. It’s similar to the effect of having a policeman stand next to you, your home, or establishment. Except that such security measures can stand guard 24/7, day in and day out.

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, has been quoted as saying that the likes of CCTV cameras are “great weapons of city safety.” For this reason, many of such devices have been installed in various parts of the city. However, despite their presence in about 53 sites, many appeals for more of such cameras continue to be raised. In response to this, local authorities are considering on enhancing their security network with the addition of more surveillance cameras.

How about your area? Does your community have an effective security system for the safety of all residents?