Existing CCTV camera in Molesworth Street. Lismore (image by utimmmmb).

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FREDON Security has won a project to upgrade the public security and safety system installed in the Northern Rivers City of Lismore.

Lismore Council went to tender late last year inviting submissions from interested and qualified parties for the renewal (supply, installation and commissioning) of the Lismore Central Business District integrated CCTV system – the existing analogue solution was installed way back in 1999 and is managed by Council in partnership with local police.

An $A244,500 grant was made to council under the Federal Government’s grants scheme for the CCTV upgrade, which reports suggest will cost around $300,000 by the time of completion.

Lismore MP Thomas George said recently that the new cameras give a loud message to anyone who wants to do the wrong thing in the CBD, they’ll be caught on the cameras.

“People should be able to go about their business, pop out for a meal or meet up with their friends for a night out without fear of being assaulted or their car being damaged,” George said.

Lismore Council’s senior law enforcement officer, Jody Hinds, said the new surveillance system was a massive project and could take six months to complete. Hinds said the current network had 24 cameras, but the new system would have greater geographic coverage.

“We also hope the new system will have LPR (licence plate recognition) so we can track someone all the way through the system and then email footage to police,” he said.

Meanwhile, Snr Const Henderson of NSW Police said he was excited about the upgrade, which would enhance the excellent working relationship between Council and NSW Police.

“I have worked in areas without cameras and crime has been quite bad but once CCTV cameras have gone in, you see a significant decrease in crime,” Snr Const Henderson said.

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