New CCTV cameras in Stonnington will keep a closer eye on crime and support a safer entertainment precinct, Crime Prevention Minister Edward O'Donohue said today.
Mr O'Donohue was joined by Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown and Member for Southern Metropolitan region Georgie Crozier to launch a series of new CCTV cameras across key activity centres and crime hot spots along Chapel Street and nearby precincts.
The City of Stonnington received $330,000 from the Napthine Government to install ten new CCTV cameras along the strip and upgrade the monitoring infrastructure in the Safe City control room.
Mr O'Donohue said the camera locations had been chosen in consultation with police to deter vandalism, graffiti, alcohol-fuelled violence and other anti-social behaviour.
"The additional CCTV cameras will make a big difference in assisting police to prevent, detect and investigate crimes in this busy entertainment area," Mr O'Donohue said.
"Chapel Street is one of our iconic entertainment and dining strips, and this investment will support a safer precinct for everyone who works, lives, trades and visits Chapel Street."
Mr Newton-Brown said the new CCTV cameras would create a safer environment for people in Stonnington, especially those looking for a night out free from intimidation and other anti-social behaviour along Chapel Street and surrounding areas.
"These cameras feed back to a control room at Prahran police station, where police will monitor footage during peak periods, including Friday and Saturday evenings, and during larger community events and festivals that draw crowds to Chapel Street," Mr Newton-Brown said.
"The Coalition Government is committed to supporting communities address local crime and safety problems. That's exactly what's happened with this project in my community."
Mr O'Donohue noted that a frontbench reshuffle by Daniel Andrews late last year saw the crime prevention portfolio removed from the shadow ministry.
"There could be no starker indication of how little Labor cares about community safety and community crime prevention than this," Mr O'Donohue said.
For further information on the Community Crime Prevention Program and other crime prevention grants, please visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au