Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Time for CCTV Action

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Time for CCTV Action

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Byline: comment DAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

I MUST admit that until recently I had been a sceptic about the value of providing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras around the central business districts of the Clarence Valley as a way of reducing crime, but events over the past couple of weeks have caused me to have second thoughts.

Last Friday night's bashing of two young men in Prince Street, Grafton, who refused to hand over cigarettes to a group of about eight young men is a case in point. Another is a recent daylight brawl in Yamba's CBD.

If more businesses down Grafton's Prince Street or in Yamba Street, Yamba, had CCTV it would make it easier for police firstly to identify offenders and then provide them with a valuable tool when they go to prosecute them.

Evidence from London shows CCTV might not have a great impact on the crime clean-up rate, but it does have a deterrent effect and, according to police here, has a significant impact on the number of people who plead guilty when they face court. …

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