As with any major city, the combination of alcohol, drugs, pubs, clubs and late-night revellers means the propensity for unsafe situations to arise increases.
While Canberra’s CBD is no exception, efforts have been made in recent times to address this problem, following calls from the Government and City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy payers to do so.
In response, In The City Canberra (ITCC) will invest $85,000 towards installing CCTV cameras in Saraton, Odgers and Verity Lanes, in addition to $75,000 to upgrade existing cameras to high-definition (HD).
Images from government-owned cameras are recorded and securely stored 24 hours a day, and are kept for a 30-day period. After this period, the footage is recorded over.
The purpose of the footage is to monitor and manage safety in key areas. When needed, ACT Police may use the footage to assist in investigations. Modern Policing techniques rely heavily on the use of CCTV in high density areas. In 2013, it was estimated the United Kingdom operated one CCTV camera per 11 citizens nationally.
Every care is taken to ensure the community’s privacy when capturing images. An operational area does not include toilet facilities, a change room, shower or other bathing facility, a parent or nursing room, prayer room, sick bay, first-aid room or any other area in a workplace prescribed by regulation. Cameras are not hidden and are placed in public view.
To report a crime or request assistance, contact ACT Policing on 131 444.