State-of-the-art cameras installed across Halifax

Smile for the camera: Bunbury-Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Mark Seaward, Bunbury MLA Don Punch, SWDC Finance and business analyst and working group member Gayle Gray and Better Telco Solutions director Brian Davies. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Smile for the camera: Bunbury-Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Mark Seaward, Bunbury MLA Don Punch, SWDC Finance and business analyst and working group member Gayle Gray and Better Telco Solutions director Brian Davies. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Twenty-two state-of-the-art CCTV cameras have officially been installed throughout the Halifax and Davenport industrial area in a bid to tackle escalating crime.

The cameras feature an infrared light which can detect movement up to 160 metres away and can be monitored by South West Police in real time, with a live feed to the station.

Several years ago, the Halifax Working Group was established to address the crime plaguing the local businesses, with expensive property being stolen, including business vehicles.

A survey undertaken in November 2018 found that the number one issue for businesses in the area was security.

The project received $3 million in funding from the state government.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch, who vowed to address the security issues during his 2017 election campaign, said he was pleased to see the cameras installed ahead of the busy festive season.

"Warmer weather and increased commercial activity in the lead up to Christmas is often accompanied by an increase in petty crime so this commitment is coming to fruition at a really useful time for businesses operating in Halifax," Mr Punch said.

"The days of people feeling they can waltz into Halifax and damage property or steal from businesses because nobody is watching and they won't have to face the consequences are just about over.

"Successful business supported by the necessary services and infrastructure grow and employ more people, and that is exactly the environment we are creating in Halifax."

South West Development Commission chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said she was pleased to see the upgrades progress.

"With the right infrastructure in place, we can unlock the growth potential in these major business parks," she said.