Darwin CBD receives 138 new CCTV cameras


Monday, 06 May, 2019


Darwin CBD receives 138 new CCTV cameras

More CCTV cameras are being installed across Darwin’s CBD, with installation nearly complete on 138 new devices.

The $10 million ‘Switching on Darwin’ project, including $5 million in funding from the federal government and $2.5 million each from the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin, is funding the installation.

According to a report by research company McGregor Tan, presented to City of Darwin in 2018, feeling safe and community security are top priorities for Darwin residents.

“CCTV is a useful tool and statistics show it can have a positive impact; reducing incidences of antisocial behavior and enhancing community safety,” said Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis.

CCTV will provide anonymised data that can be used to better understand how pedestrians use the CBD and analyse vehicle movement.

“This data will assist Council [to] make informed decisions on a range of issues including future footpath planning, traffic management and enhanced lighting,” said Vatskalis.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Nicole Manison said the CCTV is a crucial tool for frontline policing.

“Police will be able to monitor a situation as it happens and even intervene before a crime is committed, making the Darwin CBD a safer, more enjoyable place,” she said.

“These cameras will make a difference. They will stop crime happening and improve how people behave — they also help in court cases when an incident does occur.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion welcomed the news that work was almost complete on this important safety initiative.

“CCTV will provide a deterrent for antisocial behaviour and promote community safety in the CBD,” he said.

“The federal government is delivering on our ongoing commitment to keep Territorians safe and secure.”

The Switching on Darwin project, which includes the installation of lighting and CCTV across Darwin’s CBD, is on track to be completed by 30 May 2019.

Once complete, CCTV cameras will be activated in key areas across the CBD including Mitchell Street, Cavenagh Street and The Esplanade.

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