Beach House Hotel manager Tim Campion has installed a CCTV camera to watch over the Scarness esplanade and curb the violence.
Beach House Hotel manager Tim Campion has installed a CCTV camera to watch over the Scarness esplanade and curb the violence. Valerie Horton

Beach House Hotel CCTV installed

TROUBLEMAKERS and louts heading to Scarness Park, be warned: Big Brother is now watching you.

Beach House Hotel manager Tim Campion says his staff have had enough of the problems associated with that section of the foreshore.

So they have installed a $3500 CCTV camera at the hotel that will cover the park, the nearby pedestrian crossing and even the jetty.

“Police can use the footage; council can use the footage,” Mr Campion said.

“It will also help protect against vandalism in the park, see accidents on the jetty and speeding over the crossing.”

In recent weeks, the hotel staff have witnessed a drug overdose in the park, a streaker and someone assaulted with a skateboard, he said.

“Whenever the media reports that it happens, they say ‘In the park opposite the Beach House Hotel’ so the name gets dragged through the mud,” Mr Campion said.

“We have all had enough.

“We have worked hard to clean up our image over the past four or five years and we believe that we now provide a safe, family friendly environment.

“Therefore, we are not about to cop unfair criticism over incidents that are out of our control.”

The addition of the new CCTV camera means the business now has 20 operating around the clock.

It further adds to the list of proactive steps taken to improve the security of the popular establishment.

“We’ve got better security, the staff are more aware and we don’t serve shots,” Mr Campion said.

“We try hard to promote it as a safe and responsible venue.

“We had 430 people in here on New Year’s Eve and didn’t have a fight. There were about 220 on Australia Day and not one fight.”

Mr Campion said the Beach House had a good relationship with police, Liquor Licensing and the council and that staff would do their best to foster that.

The business is also a member of the Liquor Accord, which he says has helped drive down the Bay’s alcohol-related crime.



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