Smile, you’re on CCTV

THINKING of committing a crime? Think you won’t get caught? Think again, because $500,000 is about to be spent beefing up Tamworth’s CCTV coverage.

The substantial federal government grant will double the number of state-of-the-art fixed CCTV cameras in Tamworth’s central business district.

Providing added peace-of-mind to residents, not just of Tamworth but in Barraba, Manilla and Nundle, is that it will also fund a swag of mobile cameras.

These portable crime-fighting tools can be deployed in places experiencing a surge in incidents, such as graffiti attacks, to catch offenders in the act.

Tamworth Regional Council applied last year for $500,000 in federal funding to expand its network, but was only successful in securing $300,000.

WE’RE WATCHING: Tamworth’s deputy mayor Russell Webb and New England MP Barnaby Joyce scope out a potential location for a host of new CCTV cameras in the central business district. Photo: Barry Smith 290714BSA02

WE’RE WATCHING: Tamworth’s deputy mayor Russell Webb and New England MP Barnaby Joyce scope out a potential location for a host of new CCTV cameras in the central business district. Photo: Barry Smith 290714BSA02

Enter New England MP Barnaby Joyce who, upon his election in September, managed to shake loose an extra $200,000 to ensure council’s plans were not compromised.

“I think it’s really important to keep the people of Tamworth and the city of Tamworth safe,” he said yesterday after handing the cheque over to council.

“We know with so many of the crimes that have happened lately, we’ve found the perpetrator of the crime through CCTV footage.”

Tamworth’s deputy mayor Russell Webb said the new cameras would provide top-quality footage that will assist police in identifying and prosecuting offenders.

“This is great news for the residents of Tamworth and great news for the residents of the Tamworth region,” he said.

“If you’re causing mischief or doing things that you shouldn’t be doing, there is a possibility that you will be captured on CCTV and I think that is great news for the good residents around town.”

THINKING of committing a crime? Think you won’t get caught? Think again, because $500,000 is about to be spent beefing up Tamworth’s CCTV coverage.

The substantial federal government grant will double the number of state-of-the-art fixed CCTV cameras in Tamworth’s central business district.

Providing added peace-of-mind to residents, not just of Tamworth but in Barraba, Manilla and Nundle, is that it will also fund a swag of mobile cameras.

These portable crime-fighting tools can be deployed in places experiencing a surge in incidents, such as graffiti attacks, to catch offenders in the act.

Tamworth Regional Council applied last year for $500,000 in federal funding to expand its network, but was only successful in securing $300,000.

Enter New England MP Barnaby Joyce who, upon his election in September, managed to shake loose an extra $200,000 to ensure council’s plans were not compromised.

“I think it’s really important to keep the people of Tamworth and the city of Tamworth safe,” he said yesterday after handing the cheque over to council.

“We know with so many of the crimes that have happened lately, we’ve found the perpetrator of the crime through CCTV footage.”

Tamworth’s deputy mayor Russell Webb said the new cameras would provide top-quality footage that will assist police in identifying and prosecuting offenders.

“This is great news for the residents of Tamworth and great news for the residents of the Tamworth region,” he said.

“If you’re causing mischief or doing things that you shouldn’t be doing, there is a possibility that you will be captured on CCTV and I think that is great news for the good residents around town.”

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