Shoppers Covered with New CCTV
Moree Plains Shire Council has just installed a new closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance camera at the corner of Gwydir and Balo Streets as part of an ongoing community safety strategy to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour in the CBD area.
The new dome camera has four-way directional monitoring capabilities, movement tracking and motion recording. This means when the camera detects movement along the east and west section of Gwydir Street and the north and south section of Balo Street the camera’s footage is recorded.
Council’s Network Administrator William Fitzgerald explained Moree’s surveillance cameras have proved to be an effective means of preventing and reducing crime in parks while improving the public's general feeling of safety and security.
“The recorded footage that the CCTV cameras have captured has provided vital evidence which has been used to identify offenders and observations relating to vandalism, graffiti, criminal behaviour and accidents.”
Mr Fitzgerald also explained that access to Council's CCTV systems and cameras is strictly controlled through Council's CCTV Policy and Code of Practice. System access is only available to approved Council officers and contracted service providers.
“Footage will only be released to an authorised law enforcement agency, legal representative for the person involved in the incident, or the Council team investigating the incident,” he said.
There is 57 CCTV camera’s operating in and around Moree’s CBD area, public areas, and around the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.
Network Administrator William Fitzgerald checks that the footage is operational