Crime watch: Security upgrade at Park Beach
CRIME and anti-social behaviour will be captured on closed circuit security cameras at Park Beach, under a Federal Government funding announcement.
The suburb has proven to be a local robbery, assault, theft and graffiti hotspot prompting the application under the Federal Government's $50-million Safer Streets Program.
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said Coffs Harbour City Council will receive $584,082 to fund camera surveillance and security lighting to improve the safety of locals and tourists alike along the popular accommodation strip and beachside reserve.
The Park Beach strip will effectively become a precinct that's under watch.
After years of late night assaults, anti-social behaviour and acts of vandalism tainting the city's popular Ocean Parade tourist stretch, a security upgrade will aim to increase public safety after dark.
"This is great news for Park Beach home and business owners and Coffs Coast locals and tourists who visit this suburb to live, socialise or exercise," Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said.
Coffs Harbour City Council will receive $584,082 for the installation of six CCTV cameras, 52 security lights along 880m of pathways, along with the removal of vegetation to enhance visual surveillance at the Park Beach Reserve.
"CCTV has been proven to reduce a range of crimes, including assault, noise disturbances, graffiti, break and enters and vehicle theft," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"They also help police when it comes to identifying and prosecuting offenders and enhance the perception of safety, by showing people, who live in or visit the area, that there is active real-time surveillance and areas which are well lit at night.
"A safer community is stronger and more prosperous because it leads to more visitors and more investment in business and property," Mr Hartsuyker said.
Mr Hartsuyker toured the proposed locations for CCTV and lighting upgrades at Park Beach with Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.
Cr Knight said the increased security would benefit residents, locals and tourists alike at Park Beach.
"This is a beautiful part of Coffs Harbour with so much appeal but it has suffered from anti-social behaviour," Cr Knight said.
"This funding for security upgrades is a significant step in re-establishing Park Beach as a safe area for tourists and locals to visit at any time," she said.
Safer Streets Programme funding is drawn from the Proceeds of Crime Account; that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into prevention of further crime.
"The Coalition Government will continue to reinvest money confiscated from criminals and put them towards projects that make our streets and communities safer," Mr Hartsuyker said.