Workers, traders and customers along Hutt Street are benefitting from increased security, with a Marshall Liberal Government grant providing for the installation of more CCTV cameras.
The grant from the Justice Rehabilitation Fund has contributed to the installation of 51 CCTV cameras and associated equipment along the popular commercial strip so far, with a further 17 cameras to be installed in the coming weeks.
Attorney-General Vickie Chapman says the government has worked closely with the Hutt Street Traders Association on the security upgrades.
“This grant money will help make Hutt Street a safer place for business owners, their employees and customers,” Attorney-General Chapman said.
“It will encourage people to head to Hutt Street, with the confidence that if someone tries to do the wrong thing, they will be caught,” she said.
Hutt Street Traders Association President Colette Slight said the increased security is already making a difference.
“We were very pleased to have the $33,000 grant from the Attorney General’s Office to support and encourage businesses to install systems which include footpath view cameras,” Ms Slight said.
“This makes it possible for everyone to relax and enjoy our lovely street.
“Thirteen businesses are now benefitting from new or improved CCTV systems, with three more installations to be finalised in the coming weeks.”
Business owner Gary Locke said it comes at a crucial time.
“This is a great incentive for our street at a time when financial support means so much,” Mr Locke said.
Each system is significantly subsidised by the grant (up to 80%, or a maximum of $3,000), with private owners covering the remaining balance.
Attorney-General Chapman said the grant money comes from assets confiscated from serious prescribed drug offenders.
“Under the Criminal Asset Confiscation Act, a portion of seized proceeds of crime feeds in to the Justice Rehabilitation Fund.
“This Fund is then used to repair the damage caused by serious crime in the community,” she said.