The city of Joondalup has deployed three mobile CCTV units to combat honking and other anti-social activities.
The cameras are currently located on Hepburn Avenue east of the Greenwood train station, on Whitfords Avenue near the roundabout at the intersection with Tenerife Boulevard, and on Mullaloo Drive between Dampier Avenue and Oceanside Promenade.
They will remain there for six more weeks before being transferred.
The city received $150,000 from the state government to purchase the cameras, with the project being spearheaded by Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Hillary’s MLA Caitlin Collins and supported by the WA Police.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the new cameras would complement the city’s CCTV network, which helps deal with issues such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles, rubbish and hazards in public spaces.
“The City will work closely with the WA Police Department to determine where mobile CCTV infrastructure will be most useful and will help deter antisocial activity,” he said.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Cr Christopher May also attempted to urge the city to consider purchasing three additional CCTV cameras for Whitfords West Park to address “the problematic underpass between Whitford City and the park and others deemed appropriate by the city places to monitor”.
Cr May requested a report in December 2020 to investigate the CCTV outdoor underpasses near Whitford City shopping center and Whitfords West Park to deter crime and anti-social behavior and to provide users with “a sense of security and confidence”. .
That report was then presented to council in December 2021, which said the city had received government funding for mobile security cameras and they could be temporarily placed on the underpasses in an attempt to see if “sufficient activity is in place to meet the spending.” to justify on permanent infrastructure”.
However, Cr May said on Tuesday he had been informed that the cameras funded by the state government were designed to monitor honking and could not be used for anti-social behavior at graffiti and other problematic behavior hotspots.
So he asked the city to buy its own cameras.
He said the underpass at Whitfords West Park has been a problem for more than 30 years and with the park due to be upgraded for 2023-24 he believes installing CCTV should be prioritized over installing any new park infrastructure.
However, the request was rejected as the majority of council members felt that a further report should be requested detailing the costs, resources and infrastructure involved and whether there were other sites that would have a higher priority for CCTV.
Most councilors also feared that requiring CCTV to be installed before the park upgrade could delay the project.
A frustrated Cr May reiterated he had previously asked for a report and requesting another would only “push the can down the road”.
“It’s quite embarrassing to say as an elected member, ‘Sorry, I know this underpass has been a problem for 30 years, but we can’t put a camera there. We can’t do anything about it because we need to request another report,” he said.
“You can set up new park infrastructure for families, but the park is considered unsafe by many in the community.
“It’s getting a bit ridiculous trying to do something so simple to make sure this underpass is safe.
“Maybe we need to try to close it to the public.”
https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-joondalup/city-of-joondalup-deploys-mobile-cctv-cameras-to-target-hooning-c-7899386 The city of Joondalup uses mobile CCTV cameras to combat the honking