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Security cameras help fight crime

Monday, 14th December, 2015

CCTV systems are becoming increasingly popular in homes and businesses. Leading Edge Electronics’ Jo Riley is pictured with some of the systems available. CCTV systems are becoming increasingly popular in homes and businesses. Leading Edge Electronics’ Jo Riley is pictured with some of the systems available.

Police are calling on homeowners to help in the fight against crime by listing their surveillance system on a state-wide database.

CCTV footage has become an important investigative tool for police and is regularly used to investigate and solve serious crimes.

It has also proven to be very useful in court when used as evidence.

Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said the use of CCTV systems was becoming more common for several reasons.

“I dare say that with a lot of this technology becoming more user-friendly and cheaper and reliable, and with the quality of images increasing, people are finding themselves taking that option to make them and their property safer,” Detective Inspector Stoltenberg said.

“It seems to me that people are taking the lead of installing CCTV to their homes and businesses.

“Also there has been increased pressure placed upon licensed premises to have CCTV installed and operational so I have no doubt that there is plenty of CCTV around the area that no-one is aware of.”

Leading Edge Electronics owner Graham Riley said earlier this year that basic CCTV kits could be purchased with four cameras for as little as $500.

People can list their security system with the NSW Police Force CCTV Register by downloading a registration form at police.gov.au

They could otherwise call the Broken Hill Police Station on 8087 0299 and speak with Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Hogarth.

Registration is voluntary, and information provided will be used for operational policing purposes. It will not be given to a third party.

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