FRANKSTON City Council is in the process of seeking tenders for the installation of CCTV cameras and associated data collection hardware and software. The tender closes on September 7, 2015.

It’s another stage of a process Frankston City Council has been undertaking for some years, installing security cameras to target hot spots for anti-social behaviour in the bay-side suburb.

There are currently 37 cameras mounted at 18 locations throughout the Frankston Town Centre and along Frankston foreshore with footage streamed back to the Frankston Police Station. Additional CCTV cameras are mounted on various Frankston City Council buildings, including the Langwarrin Community Hall, which allow for monitoring of activity by authorized Frankston Council employees.

The vision is relayed directly to Frankston Police Station for either live monitoring in response to officers on the street or review by investigators as part of a criminal enquiry. The original tender for this earlier part of the system called for wireless communications paths.

Existing camera locations Frankston Waterfront, Young Street, corners of Wells, Playne and Davey Streets at the intersection of Nepean Highway, the intersection of Davey and Playne Streets and Kananook Creek Boulevard and the Shannon Street Mall. Also covered are Keys and Thompson Streets with the intersection of Wells Street.

Council’s Community Safety team worked closely with Frankston Police to identify sites for the new cameras, based on the location of incidents the police have had to attend.

According to Frankston Council, its CCTV program has been “hugely successful in improving residents’ feelings of safety and security as well as assisting Frankston Police in responding to crime”.

Frankston City Council is currently involved in a State Government funded Project and the new CCTV cameras will focus on monitoring behaviour in Gallery Lane and Stiebal Place. ♦