A new ‘talking CCTV’ speaker system will be trialled in Civic from tomorrow to help prevent crime, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell said ACT Policing will use the speaker system alongside the current CCTV system, at the corner of Alinga and Mort streets at the Civic Bus Interchange.
“The speaker system will be an additional crime prevention tool around crime ‘hot spots’ in Civic, and will be trialled over three months from tomorrow, Thursday 12 September 2013,” Mr Corbell said.
“The speakers will broadcast a message to let people know that they are being ‘viewed’ and ‘recorded’ by ACT Policing.”
Signs will be installed to inform the community of the location of the speaker. The speaker will not have the capacity to listen to, or record, any audio, and is compliant with the ACT Government CCTV Code of Practice.
“People will be able to continue to enjoy time spent in Civic knowing that CCTV coverage will improve safety and security in the area,” Mr Corbell said.
“The Justice and Community Safety Directorate will evaluate the effectiveness of the CCTV speaker system once the trial finishes in November.”