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Delivering safer communities in Darwin and Palmerston



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DELIVERING SAFER COMMUNITIES IN DARWIN AND PALMERSTON

Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs has secured funding for five new mobile CCTV cameras in Darwin and Palmerston if the Turnbull Government is re-elected on 2 July.

The new units mean seven mobile CCTV cameras will be operating in Darwin and Palmerston and that the capacity for police to target crime hotspots will be substantially improved.

“The presence of CCTV cameras acts as a deterrent to those who are considering breaking the law,” Mrs Griggs said.

“Potential offenders will think twice about possible criminal behaviour if their chances of being caught on camera are high.”

Ms Griggs said the presence of CCTV cameras helps people to feel safer and more secure in their neighbourhoods.

“Whether people are going about their business, shopping or enjoying a night out, CCTV cameras provide an additional layer of security to help protect businesses, residents and their property,” she said.

The Turnbull Government has committed $635,000 for the mobile units from the Safer Communities Fund.

“The Safer Communities Fund supports communities to help address crime and anti-social behaviour as well as boosting crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets safe,” Mrs Griggs said.

“The Federal Coalition Government is committed to preventing crime and improving the safety of our local communities by putting money into affordable, achievable, sensible programmes like our plan for Safer Communities.

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and one of the best ways to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to install security lighting and CCTV.

“The Coalition will continue to reinvest money confiscated from criminals and use it to fund projects that make our streets and communities safer.”

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The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will:

 Boost the efforts of identified local governments and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting.

 Boost efforts to protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.

Further information on the Safer Communities Programme is available athttps://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2016/06/01/coalitions-plan-deliver-safer- communities

Media Contact: Camden Smith - 0488 588 754