Funding for CCTV cameras in Dubbo, Wellington from federal government

WATCHING: Michael McMahon, Mark Coulton, Vicki Etheridge and Jason Yelveton under one of the current CCTV cameras. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
WATCHING: Michael McMahon, Mark Coulton, Vicki Etheridge and Jason Yelveton under one of the current CCTV cameras. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The federal government has announced $150,000 for more CCTV in Dubbo.

It will allow for four new security cameras in identified crime hot spots as well as an upgrade for three older cameras.

They will be installed in areas determined by Dubbo police.

Another $150,000 will go towards security cameras in Wellington.

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Dubbo Regional Council manager social services Jason Yelverton said the CCTV cameras - which have a 360-degree view - could identify the colour and make of a car and had facial recognition.

"Rather than the police sitting down and looking through days and days of footage, they can type in 'white Toyota' and it would come up. It's going to save a lot of time in solving crimes," he said.

Dubbo Regional councillor Vicki Etheridge said the cameras would not only help catch criminals, they would also act as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour.

"I want people to know wherever they go in Dubbo that they're safe. And whatever anti-social behaviour is going on, they're going to be seen and they're going to be caught," Cr Etheridge said.

She said she would continue to push for more funding to increase the camera network.

"We won't just stop here, we will keep going further and further to get more funding and put these cameras in places where they're not just deemed hot spots, I want them put into places where the police are saying 'this could become a hot spot'. Don't wait until it happens, stop it before it happens," Cr Etheridge said.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was pleased he could play a small role in making the community safer.

"The evidence shows the more CCTV that rolls out the more anti-social behaviour certainly does decrease," he said.

"Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening."

The funding was made available through the Safer Communities Fund.