Greater Shepparton City Council advises residents works on the Stage Two Safer City Camera Network have commenced.
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 2 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 between 11pm and 5am on a Friday and Saturday night.
Stage Two of the network will see 18 new fixed wireless IP cameras installed at eight locations across Shepparton, with one existing camera also being relocated.
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.
These locations target areas of high community congregation and existing blind spots within the Safer City Camera Network area.
Cameras located at these areas can provide greater coverage and more opportunity for early intervention of anti-social behaviour within key Shepparton locations, with a particular focus on late night precincts.
Local contractor Watters Electrical are completing the works.
Council Director Community Kaye Thomson said Council was pleased to see Stage Two works underway.
“Council is passionate about making our residents feel safe in Shepparton at all times,” she said.
“Stage Two of the Safer City Camera Network will see 18 new cameras installed in areas which Council, along with Victoria Police, believe they will be most useful.
“Council asks residents to be patient with works that will be taking place in the CBD.”