The Government of South Australia is helping fund the installation of CCTV cameras at The Salvation Army Marion and public sites in the City of Salisbury to improve community safety and reduce crime.
$77,500 in funding will be used for up to 24 CCTV cameras across selected locations in the City of Salisbury, including the Pooraka Farm Community Centre, Pine Lakes Community Centre and Salisbury West Library.
Cameras will also be installed at the Salisbury Oval, where 17 crimes were recorded in January alone. Nearby Orange Avenue and the War Memorial will also be covered, and the frequently used path that runs between the sporting clubrooms and the railway line.
The cameras aim to help to address a range of destructive behaviours and ongoing community issues, including theft, graffiti, break-ins, public drinking and drug offences.
The funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the local council as part of the government’s CCTV Grants program, which helps councils to improve safety, prevent crimes and reduce the fear of crime.
A second grant of $6000 will be provided to the Salvation Army Marion following an increase in drug use, theft and vandalism on their grounds.
The funding, which is part of the government’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants program, will offer extra security for the charity’s employees and volunteers, and discourage antisocial behaviour, such as graffiti and property damage.
It follows the Salvation Army Marion reporting an increase in destructive behaviour on site, with the contents of donation bins regularly stolen or scattered in the car park, an air-conditioning unit stolen and a staff member having their car window smashed.
The cameras will help to improve community safety and discourage crime, while also helping police to pursue alleged offenders.