CCTV proves to be a winner in Rochester

By Alex Gretgrix

AFTER its installation back in April, Rochester's CCTV camera system has been hailed a success.

So much so, the Rochester Business Network (RBN) will use extra funds to expand the project.

The cameras were able to be purchased thanks to the Federal Government, through the Department of Agriculture's Murray Darling Basin grant, and will now allow the RBN to put a further $20,000 towards installing more.

Sergeant Shane Kervin said the cameras had made a difference for police in the town.

“The CCTV system at Rochester is being used on a regular basis,” he said.

“(We're) able to use them to identify offenders and vehicles in a hoon or careless driving incident, provide footage to assist in an ongoing complaint file related to unregistered motorcycles, assist members in relation to a suspect loiter investigation and assist in an investigation into alleged damage to a parked vehicle, just to name a few.”

The Rochester police station has a large screen that allows officers to keep an eye on the centre of town thanks to the multi-camera display.

And this, RBN president Glenda Nichol said, had added extra security to Rochester.

“I feel like everyone feels that little bit safer now we have these cameras,” she said.

“We realise there are still instances and crime around town, but I think it has made a real difference.”

The system has not only allowed the police to solve crimes, but also check facts.

“Before this, the cops were really only able to trust the information they were told, but now they're able to double check and find out the facts right there on the screen,” Mrs Nichol said.

“We're so happy the police are happy with the system and can't wait to see what these new cameras will be able to do.”

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