THE installation of a long-awaited CCTV security system in Sale in April is expected to improve security and reduce crime in the central business district.
The 13 cameras, which have been funded under the state government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, will be set up in nine targeted high risk crime areas in the central business district, and will be monitored and recorded by Victoria Police.
The security upgrade is a joint project between Victoria Police and Wellington Shire Council, who have worked closely with Sale Business and Tourism Association and private landholders in the CBD.
The success of the grant was announced in December 2017, and last November Wellington Shire Council invited contractors to tender for the CCTV camera system.
Installation is expected to be completed by June.
Police believe the cameras will significantly enhance public safety for the Sale community.
Wellington Police Service Area Senior Sergeant Mick Morris congratulated the council on its collaboration with police, the public and traders in achieving a grant from the Department of Justice as part of the Public Safety Community Infrastructure Fund.
“This will significantly enhance public safety around the Sale CBD,” he said.
“We are expecting outcomes where through passive or active monitoring of the CCTV, we will be in a position to prevent offences occurring, as well as the CCTV providing an important investigative tool to identify offenders.
“It is also hoped once we provide the Department of Justice an assessment of the outcome of the installation, which needs to be done after a 12-month period, that we can expand on the CCTV project and have more cameras placed wherever we determine they could assist in enhancing community safety.”
The owner of Raymond St’s Town Square, Debbie Clancy, said she was looking forward to improved security for the area.
“It will be great for staff and customers, particularly when it gets darker in winter, so yes, very happy,” she said.