Grant refusal no barrier to CCTV bid

THE Buderim Safe committee is calling on businesses to get behind its initiative to have CCTV systems installed in the heart of town.

The organisation applied for a $13,000 State Government grant last year to have the systems installed.

The application was rejected, and the committee is calling on businesses to help.

Buderim Pharmacy owner Alistair Cook, a member of Buderim Safe, said CCTV would benefit business owners and the community.

"Some of the shop owners are very keen to participate and we're trying to talk with others to see if they can do the same thing as well," Mr Cook said.

To be involved, email buderimsafe@gmail.com.

"We've gone back to the original concept to put storeowners in charge and rely on their goodwill," he said.

Mr Cook said rather than 24/7 surveillance, the systems would record, making them cheaper to install.

"If there's an incident in the street, police would come to businesses to go back to their CCTV and identify if there's an individual person they're looking for," he said.

"It's really putting a camera in place and allowing access to it for police services."

Buderim Safe member Don Culley said the cameras would be strategically placed throughout Burnett St to provide coverage from the Buderim Tavern to Middy's.

Mr Culley said some businesses already had CCTV, but there were other areas in the street not yet covered.

"The potential benefits certainly outweigh the costs," he said.

He said the committee would keep looking for funding sources.

Buderim acting officer-in-charge Constable Marie Fitzpatrick said CCTV greatly helped police.

"We have seen in other areas the installation of CCTV in public places has the ability to reduce the opportunity to commit crime, reduce the fear of crime, increase the risk of detection and, in general, improve the safety for the community," Const Fitzpatrick said.

To be involved, email buderimsafe@gmail.com.



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