Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has announced Tuart Hill business Blueforce has received Federal Government funding of $48,732 to install a CCTV network that will help to tackle crime in a Tuart Hill business precinct.
Mr Keenan said the idea for the project was first established by the local security company who had experienced issues with crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
“When Blueforce Managing Director Dale Lofts approached me in mid-2017 with the idea for a wider CCTV network to support small businesses in Tuart Hill, I thought it was a great idea,” Mr Keenan said.
“Mr Lofts had approached several local businesses in the area that were all very keen to see a secure network installed that would help to deter potential criminals from offending, so I encouraged him to submit an application under the Safer Communities Fund.
“The Federal Government is committed to supporting local projects that help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and I commend Blueforce for their efforts to see this project implemented.
“This is a great example of local businesses working together to help create a safer community for all Stirling residents.”
The CCTV network initiative called Bluewatch will provide high quality footage that will support Tuart Hill businesses located along Wanneroo Road between Lawley Street and Cape Street.
The footage will be available to WA Police when required, as well as to the precinct’s local business operators who will be able to access secure real-time footage live from their smart devices.
Signage will also be displayed to deter criminal activity, warn the public of surveillance, and promote the initiative.
Blueforce Managing Director Dale Lofts said he is looking forward to collaborating with neighbouring businesses after hearing of their concerns about safety in the precinct.
“A comprehensive multi-camera CCTV network like this is understandably beyond the budget of individual small businesses, so the funding we’ve received will alleviate this financial burden and ensure efficient coverage throughout the wider business area,” Mr Lofts said.
“Businesses generally prioritise internal cameras to protect staff and goods, and there is often less coverage of public spaces, which leaves people and property vulnerable to theft, harassment, and vandalism.
“Blueforce is one of the few businesses in the precinct with external CCTV coverage and we often provide WA Police with high-quality CCTV footage of crimes and traffic incidents, so the extended network will be a fantastic resource for law enforcement.”
The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.
Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening.