St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street will get a series of live CCTV cameras as part of the Victorian Government’s plan to improve security in crime hot-spots.
Ten cameras will be installed along the entertainment strip, streaming directly back to St Kilda police. They will allow police to monitor the entire stretch and address problems that have led to an increase in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.
The area has already seen improvements in lighting as a crime deterrent, and police say the cameras will be another weapon against trouble.
“We have a whole lot of tourists coming to the area, and with that comes the party atmosphere,” said St Kilda Inspector Narelle Beer.
“The CCTV provides a level of security for people. It just provides us with another tool in a crime-prevention armoury.’’
The project is project to cost over $400,000, with $246,000 being granted to Council of Port Phillip City by the State Government.
This initiative follows the recent undertaking by the VCGLR and Victorian Government to conduct a series of Knowledge Exchange events to greater involve industry in solutions to social problems with alcohol and gaming.