Crims beware! You're being watched...
THE streets of Nambour and Maroochydore are about to become safer, with thousands of dollars' worth of CCTV cameras ready to be rolled out to keep an eye on crims.
More than $80,000 in Federal Government funding will go towards the closed-circuit cameras and their installation, which is part of the Safer Streets campaign.
After 76 theft, assault and other related offences on and around Currie St in Nambour since Jan
uary 1, the move has been welcomed by local retailers.
Nambour Retailers Group chairwoman Rhonda Billett said local businesses had wanted increased street surveillance for a long time.
"From a retailer's point of view it's been an overwhelming response, they (business owners) all want it (CCTV)," Ms Billett said.
The six extra CCTV cameras - four on Nambour's Currie St and two for Maroochydore's Horton Pde - hopefully will deter future street crime.
Senator James McGrath announced last week that Sunshine Coast Council would be handed over $82,000 to install the cameras.
"THE cameras will be used to counteract potential nuisance crimes and improve safety, but, more importantly, they'll help lift the confidence of local residents and tourists to go about their business and enjoy their surroundings without concern," Senator McGrath said at the announce-ment.
"I grew up in Bli Bli, not far from Nambour, so I knowlocal residents will appreciate these security measures."
Ms Billett said any help to clean up Nambour streets was welcome.
"I know there's certain patches throughout Nambour prone to graffiti and if we can help tidy up the place a bit then it's good for everyone," she said.
She identified other areas CCTV could assist in Nambour, including Town Square and Queen St, depending on the success of the Currie St installations.
Nambour CIB Detective Senior Constable Jonathan McBride said the cameras hopefully would help reduce public-order and public-nuisance offences, and deter juvenile offenders.
"It's a very positive step for the Nambour community," Det Snr Const McBride said.
"Hopefully it will act as a deterrent for anyone who wishes to commit any offences."
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