Greater Shepparton City Council is pleased to advise works to install 18 new fixed wireless IP cameras as part of the Stage Two Safer City Camera Network is now complete and the cameras are operational.
Works began in May to install the cameras at ten locations throughout Shepparton.
The locations were chosen on the back of crime statistics data, community perceptions of safety survey results and consultation with Victoria Police and the Safe Communities Advisory Committee.
The locations target areas of high community congregation and existing blind spots within the Safer City Camera Network area.
The Safer City Camera Network is a partnership between Council and Victoria Police, aimed at making Shepparton a safer place for all.
Council received a grant of $190,687 from the Department of Justice and Community Safety to go towards Stage Two of the Safer City Camera Network.
The main network control station is based in the Shepparton Police Station watch house, and a secondary control station is located within the station to accommodate Greater Shepparton City Council camera operators.
“All 23 new cameras are now operational and that means Shepparton is now equipped to be considerably safer,” Mayor Cr Seema Abdullah said.
“These cameras provide greater coverage and more opportunity for early intervention of anti-social behaviour in Shepparton.
“Council thanks Watters Electrical and Victoria Police for their assistance in the planning and implementation of the Stage Two Safer City Camera Network.”
Victoria Police Crime Inspector for Shepparton, Matt Gleeson, said Council and Victoria Police were coming together to keep Greater Shepparton residents safe.
“It’s an outstanding partnership and strategy for the prevention and detection of crime which has already seen great results. I would say it presents a very clear message to those looking to misbehave in Shepparton that their actions will be captured and there is little place for them to hide.”