Heathcote MP Lee Evans is calling on Wollongong Council to instal CCTV cameras in Helensburgh’s Walker Street to improve safety and crack down on petty theft, graffiti, underage drinking and drug use.
Mr Evans says the calls follow the ram-raid on Helensburgh Coles in June, as well as reports of anti-social behaviour, both to Mr Evans office and Wollongong Police.
“The State Government is prepared to help fund the cameras, but this has to be done at the request of Council,” he says. “Helensburgh already has a few private CCTV cameras. We want to install a couple more to ensure the whole area is covered.”
Mr Evans says the crime statistics for the area do not indicate a crime wave, however he says there is an increased incidence of out-of-towners causing trouble.
“A few offenders have recently been caught because locals managed to write down number plates,” he says. “CCTV camera will give us better access to information so police can work out who is up to no good.”
Mr Evans says with eight police officers stationed in Helensburgh, the area is well-patrolled. “The officers do a rotating shift that covers the area 23 hours a day,” he says. “There are actually two more officers on duty than the area is entitled to because of the geography-they also have to contend with the escarpment.
“I have written to Mr David Farmer, General Manager, Wollongong City Council with a request to consider the installation of CCTV cameras in Walker Street Helensburgh.
You can sign the petition to have Wollongong Council request funding and install the cameras here www.leeevansheathcote.com.au/petitions